- Lyme Regis is a 95 mile stretch of coast, from Exmouth to Dorset.s
- Lyme Regis has 4400 people living in the town.
- Erosion is important for the World Heritage Site, as it ensures that fossils are exposed.
- This means that coastal defeces are the biggest threat to the World Heritage Site because it affects the natural proccess of erosion.
- Lyme Regis is a popular tourist destination, it is called the Jurrasic coast.
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Why is Lyme Regis under threat?
- Lyme Regis lies on slipped land, the land is made up of unstable clays and sand on top of limestone and clay rocks.
- Some of the buildings are subsiding as landslides occur, around 170 houses are under threat from landslides and coastal erosion.
- In summer the population goes from 5,000 to 15,000 as tourists arrive.
- Tourism is the main source of income to the town.
- Coastal management os protecting buildings, jobs and income of the local people.
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What was done to protect Lyme Regis?
- In Lyme Regis, coastal management costed £30 million.
- The final options was made up of three main parts:
- Stablilising the land behind the beach by fixing unstable land.
- Protecting the foreshore from attack, with a new sea wall and an extended offshore barrier.
- Replenishing the two areas of beach with sand and shingle.
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What defences were put in place?
- Defences at Lyme Regis:
- Sea walls
- Rock Armour
- Beach Repleshiment
- Long-term protection against destructive erosion.
- More shinge and sand on the beach.
- More secure future for the town's people and businesses.
- All of the engineering (soft and hard) are difficult to maintain.
- The hard engineering scheme is expensive to build.
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