2013-10-18 / Front Page

Don’t Worry It’s Just Scarping

Washed Away: Erosion At The Shore
By Dan Guarino

Photo by Dan Guarino Photo by Dan Guarino Fall beachgoers have noted the shoreline now features a noticeable drop where the high tide line meets the beach. Formed by wave erosion, the run of four foot cliffs have been reported where major sand replenishment has been done.

According to Dan Falt, Project Manager with the Army Corps of Engineers, “This is called ‘scarping’ and it’s what generally is to be expected as the construction profile adjusts to a more natural slope. It usually happens more gradually, but this storm seemed to move the sand around pretty well. It will smooth out shortly.”

He added that “not much” sand was actually lost.

The Army Corps of Engineers giveth, and the sea taketh away.

Clearly visible to the east and to the west, wave action has carried away a sizeable portion of beach sand, leaving an approximate four foot drop along the shore.

The gap is high enough that surfers and other beachgoers need to climb up to get onto the rest of the beach.

These photos, taken on the beach near Beach 96th Street, clearly show the effects of the ocean’s relentless tides.

Photos by Dan Guarino

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