Story: Coastal erosion

Eroding cliffs

Eroding cliffs

These papa (mudstone) cliffs at Ōhiwa Spit, Ōpōtiki, were photographed in April 1976. Attempts to protect them by dumping old car bodies at the foot have proved futile, and a house is teetering towards the surf. Since then, sand has been deposited on the beach, building it out 200 metres to cover the railway irons visible at top right. Erosion and accretion are cyclical: the coastline is always moving.

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Willem de Lange, 'Coastal erosion - Rocky coasts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6333/eroding-cliffs (accessed 24 September 2020)

Story by Willem de Lange, published 12 Jun 2006