The Holderness Coast
The Holderness coast is one of the most well known coastal areas in England, and illustrates many of the processes and features of coastal areas. It is also well known because of the range of coastal management techniques which have been used to defend a coastline which is eroding very quickly.
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The map opposite shows some of the basic information about the Holderness coast.
Holderness is located on the east coast of England. Some of the main towns and villages are shown on the map, with Bridlington in the north, and Hull on the Humber estuary in the south being the two largest settlements in the area.
The geology of Holderness is very important in explaining the impact of coastal processes on the coast. The majority of the area is made up of glacial till. Till is very soft, and is easily eroded as a result. Therefore erosion rates along the coast of Holderness are very high, and this has meant that a large number of villages have disappeared into the sea since Roman times.
To the north of the glacial till, a bed of chalk reaches the coast. Chalk is much stronger than glacial till, and therefore erodes at a slower rate. This has led to the development of Flamborough Head, a large chalk headland which sticks out into the sea.
Aim of this website
This small website focuses on comparing two locations, Flamborough Head and Mapleton to show the differences we find in coastal environments. These locations are used to exemplify general coastal processes and landforms.