White cliffs of Dover, England. Photo source: ©© Maki
The 10-kilometer-long, bright white coast of Germany’s largest island, Rügen, is shaped by episodically occurring failures. These failures were typically assumed to happen due to strong rain storms.
In a study carried out over more than two years, scientists of GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences were able to draw a new and surprisingly detailed picture of coastal cliff failure activity. The study is based on continuous seismic measurements and high resolution aerial images, and has been published in the Journal of Geophysical Research…