Site 18: Moving Sand, Changing Beaches

You throw the sand against the wind,

And the wind blows it back again.

William Blake - Poems from MMS (Untitled Poem, Stanza I)

 

This location provides evidence of an ever-changing landscape. The stone wall, which runs the length of much of the Land of Fires trail, has broken down completely into fallen rocks. Storm-generated waves was over this narrow part of beach and dump water into the marsh. In the future, it is likely a channel will form at the break in the wall because each passing wave removes vital sediment, slowly eroding the beach. If beach grasses grow here, that process may be slowed, as grass roots help to hold onto sandy sediment and keep it in place. 


Land of Fires - Site 18