The Guardian irritatingly brays:
Fossil hunters warned off as landslide destroys Jurassic coastline
Fossil hunters were warned to keep away today after a landslide described as the “biggest in 100 years” destroyed 400 metres of world heritage coastline. Experts were assessing the damage along the Jurassic coast between Lyme Regis and Charmouth in Dorset after the rock fall yesterday evening.
They really have missed the point here.
Landslides and coastal erosion don’t destroy coasts – they create them. Would the Dorset coast have been declared a World Heritage Site without landslides? They create a constantly refreshed geological exposure, and if you stop landslides (by putting coastal defences in place, for example) then not only is the natural geological process stopped, but all the animals and plants that depend on those endlessly-renewed habitats are out of a home. So get with it, The Guardian. Destroyed indeed. Pah.