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Title: East Kent sea defence scheme
Author: Environment Agency Southern Region
Document Type: Monograph
The shape of the Kent coastline has resulted from the changing elements over millions of years by waves, tidal currents and water levels. Over the last century however the shape of the coastline has been increasingly influenced by human activities. In East Kent man has reinforced coastlines in order to protect land that is of particular value from flooding and erosion by the sea. Such land is frequently in urban use, for commerce, housing, industry or leisure. It also accommodates infrastructure, coastal facilities, high grade agricultural land and in most locations has both a nature conservation and a heritage value. The natural state of the coastline before development began consisted of low lying land protected by a highly mobile shingle bank. Such banks would have been built up and drawn down by wave and tidal action. They would have been moved along the coast by the dominant storms. The long term rise in sea level has resulted in a gradual movement of the shingle bank inland. That natural state no longer exists. The coast has been fixed in position due to the need to protect the properties and infrastructure that has been built in the low lying areas to the rear of the sea defences.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: [after 1996]
Publication Place: Worthing
Subject Keywords: CoastsFlood controlFlood defence structuresFlood risk managementFlood Management Strategy
Geographic Keywords: Kent (county)ReculverDymchurch
Extent: 11
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