The white cliffs of Dover – Large boulders fall into the English Channel near Dover – News

The white cliffs of Dover – Large boulders plunge into the English Channel near Dover – News – SRF

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  • With a roar, a large chunk of the famous white cliffs near Dover fell into the English Channel. Walkers captured the natural event in photos and videos.
  • In social networks, users mockingly emphasized that the spectacle was symbolic of the situation in the United Kingdom.

“What a sense of humor, irony and timing nature has: The iconic cliffs of Brexit-Britain fall into the icy sea,” wrote a user on Twitter.

The cliffs, which are easy to see when arriving by ferry, were formed around 90 million years ago. Its white color comes from its composition of chalk – but it is particularly prone to erosion. That is why parts keep falling into the sea.

In the past 150 years, researchers have found that the cliffs have eroded ten times faster than in the previous 7,000 years. According to the online portal “Kent Live”, this was only the third time in the past 20 years that such a large piece broke off.

In addition to the already soft composition of the chalk, the reasons for the erosion are the force of the waves crashing against the rocks, as well as storms and heavy precipitation.

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