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    Is it possible for the sea/tide to gradually retreat from an area of land, leaving it free for human reclamation? If so, how and where has this occurred before?


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    because the earth surface is still rising in scandinavia from the release of the ice age glaciers, the baltic sea is gradually retreating from the coast of finland - but very gradually


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    I remember reading that Britain was slowly tilting, so that Scotland would rise above the rest of the island. But I suppose the Scots think that is already true.
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    I wonder if it is possible for the tide in an area of Britain to gradually retreat, leading to an eventual extension of coastal land.
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    i'm not aware of any such areas
    despite the fact that scotland is still rising in he same fashion as scandinavia, most of the sea floor lies too deep for it to emerge any time soon

    in fact the reverse is happening in other parts of britain where sinking of the land and coastal erosion leads to loss of land (think scarborough, norfolk, the chalk cliffs of the south coast)
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    I was completely unaware that Scandinavia and Scotland were still rising. That's truly fascinating! Does this exclusively apply to the very north of Scotland?
    Cliffs are certainly being eroded in these areas - there is one particular place I can think of where I have observed a building moving gradually closer to a cliff edge.
    Perhaps I am mistaken but i'm sure I once heard about an area of Sussex in the south coast of Britain that had been reclaimed from the sea. It may, however, in actual fact have been more a matter of human activity than natural changes. I can't see how it would have been possible otherwise.
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    would you be thinking of this hotel ? that was in Scarborough

    as for reclamation from the sea, i'm not aware of any such activity in Sussex, but something like it was done in East Anglia - however, (1) that was due to human activity; and (2) coastal erosion is still taking place
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    I would not bank on buying any new beachfront property in your life time though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fizzlooney
    I would not bank on buying any new beachfront property in your life time though.
    Me neither, unless it's on a large lake that's projected to drop as things get drier, such as along the Great Lakes.
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