Shingle Street – Changes

The beach at Shingle Street has a strange new feature (new since I was there in July 2018): a steep sided crater-like depression 40-50 metres in diameter and maybe five to six metres deep.  It is separated from the sea by a wide ridge of shingle.  Half way down the sides the normally variegated pebbles are painted brown with a thin film of silt.  The bottom is covered with a thick layer of mud and concentric arcs of green algae.  There is a little standing water, probably left over from and original inlet connected to the sea – the bottom looks too high to receive water seeping through the wall at high tide.  The effect is quite alien, a powerful display of hidden forces.

Shingle Street, Suffolk, UK, January 2019
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4 Responses to Shingle Street – Changes

  1. sue says:

    do not step on it – my daughter did and got stuck – very dangerous!

    • brianhuman says:

      Thanks for that – I shall be careful the next time I’m there. Shinglestreet seems ever more mysterious and slightly scary each time I go there or hear stories about it.

  2. dan says:

    Be careful – this is very dangerous so do not step onto it – my daughter did and got stuck – it was very difficult (and messy!) for her to get out – eventually!

    • brianhuman says:

      Glad you got her out. As I said to Sue, thanks for that – I shall be careful the next time I’m there. Shinglestreet seems ever more mysterious and slightly scary each time I go there or hear stories about it.

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