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Facts about erosion

The Holderness Coast is one of Europe's fastest eroding coastlines. The average annual rate of erosion is around 2 metres per year. This is around 2 million tonnes of material every year. Under lying the Holderness Coast is bedrock made up of Cretaceous Chalk. However, in most place this is covered by glacial till deposited  over 18,000 years ago. It is this soft boulder clay that is being rapidly eroded.

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Answers to the questions

1. where exactly do Cliff and Judy live?

Holderness, NE yorkshire, near hull. 2 miles south of mappleton

2. how fast is costal erosion here, and WHY is it so fast?

erodes 2 meters every year because it is soft boulder clay, and not very resistant

3. how has erosion slowed down at nearby mappleton?

there are rock groynes trapping sand and protecting the beach

4. why wont the council pay top defend the cliffs for our couple?

defences are expensive, and the council will only pay for it in the most built up areas

5. is the rock groyne at mappleton making life worse for Cliff and Judy?- if so how?

yes because 'Coastal defence in one place can lead to greater erosion either side of the defence'

6. why cant cliff and judy get house insurance?

because the house is almost guarenteed to fall into the sea, and the companies dont want to pay for that

7. what can they do- can we solve this problem?

the only things they can really do is move house, or get very lucky with an insurance company that is willing to cover them

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Holderness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Holderness is an area of the East Riding of Yorkshire, on the east coast of England. An area of rich agricultural land, Holderness was marshland until it was drained in the Middle Ages. Topographically, Holderness has more in common with the Netherlands than other parts of Yorkshire. To the north and west are the Yorkshire Wolds.

The Prime Meridian passes through Holderness just to the east of Patrington.

From 1974 to 1996 Holderness lay within the Borough of Holderness in Humberside. Holderness was the name of an ancient administrative area called a wapentake until the 19th century, when its functions were replaced by other local government bodies, particularly after the 1888 Local Government Act. The city of Kingston upon Hull lies in the south-west corner of Holderness and Bridlington borders the north-east but both are usually considered separately. The main towns include Beverley, Withernsea, Hornsea and Hedon.

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