In social networks, users reliably emphasized that the spectacle was a status symbol of the United Kingdom. “What follows is a sense of humor, irony and the nature of time: Brexit — Britain’s iconic rocks fall into the icy sea,” one user wrote on Twitter.
The ghat, which is easy to see when reached by ferry, was formed about 90 million years ago. Its white color is due to its chalk structure – but it is particularly prone to erosion. This is the reason why parts keep falling into the sea.
In the last 150 years, researchers have found that rocks have eroded ten times faster than in the last 7,000 years. According to information from the online portal “Kent Live”, this was only the third time in the last 20 years that such a large piece had broken.
Chalk rocks are also being uprooted on the Baltic Sea island of Rugen, which is accelerating the process. For example, in February 2005, the main battle of Viswar Kilin with about 50,000 cubic meters of chalk fell into the sea, and in 2011 a Brandenburg girl was killed.
In addition to the already soft structure of the chalk, the cause of erosion is the force of waves crashing against the rocks, as well as storms and heavy rainfall. (dpa)