Dungeness Print

Dungeness is a site of international importance for coastal geomorphology, both as the largest cuspate shingle foreland in Britain and as an integral part of a system of barrier beaches extending 400Km from Fairlight to Hythe.

These beaches reflect some 5000 years of coastal development and provide an exceptional record of Holocene coastal changes and progradational features.

The major phases in the evolution of the area are represented in morphological and sedimentary zones each providing distinctive and critical evidence.

The important features are the exposed shingle ridges, the large number of buried ridges and the associated sediments, including fringing marsh and peat deposits.

The sediments and their relationships to the shingle ridges are of prime research significance and may hold the key to elaborating the detailed pattern of shoreline and environmental changes.

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