Drone footage shows very large earth crack on Britain’s Jurassic Coast

A very large earth crack opened on Britain’s Jurassic CoastCoasts are projected to be exposed to increasing risks, including coastal erosion, due to climate change and sea level rise. The effect will be exacerbated by increasing human-induced pressures on coastal areas (very high confidence). By the 2080s, many millions more people than today are ... after heavy rains caused thousands of tons of earth to give way on April 13, 2016.

The crack, measuring about 274 meters (900 feet) as of April 19, emerged in the land’s edge at Bowleaze Cove near Weymouth, Dorset.

Video courtesy Ian Moore

“This area is well-known for landslips due to its geology of permeable limestone over impermeable clay,” Dorset County Council said. The council added that the “Jurassic Coast is dynamic and always on the move, especially during or after wet and wild weatherWeather refers to the state of the atmosphere with regard to temperature, cloudiness, rainfall, wind, and other meteorological conditions. (UKCIP).”

“The movement on the Weymouth cliff had been going on for several years, but the latest slip had happened quickly,” the council said.

Geologist Richard Edmonds said there’s a really big landslide in that area which has been there for years and the more rainRain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and then precipitated—that is, become heavy enough to fall under gravity. Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the Earth. It ... we get, the more likely it is to move.

“It’s really hard to tell how quickly that will fall away because it’s driven by the weather. It will keep eating its way into the beautiful Dorset countryside, but the only reason the coast itself is beautiful and internationally important is because of that erosion.”

Members of the public are urged to heed the warning signs.

Featured image credit: Ian Moore

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