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Landslides created a new beach in California

Landslides created a new beach in California

Landslides created a new beach in California

Changes are coming to Rancho Palos Verdes

Landslide damage in Rancho Palos Verdes

Landslide damage mitigation efforts in Rancho Palos Verdes.

California has been plagued by natural disasters recently, including landslides that endangered the famous Wayfarers Chapel and forced it to be moved. However, those aren’t the only ways landslides have changed the landscape in and around the town of Rancho Palos Verdes. There’s also the matter of a beach that didn’t exist this time last year.

In a recent dispatch in the Los Angeles TimesGrace Toohey explained how we have come to the point of literally having a new coastline. As Toohey explained, the same geological unrest that caused the landslides also uplifted the bentonite, creating a beach (albeit a rocky one) where there was once only ocean.

One veteran surfer Toohey spoke to expressed surprise at the changes. “There are three or four of us who have surfed here our whole lives and we are just blown away because it’s amazing,” said Denny Jaconi. Los Angeles Times.

The shifting of the coastline is a reminder that geological activity is constant and the world is always changing. Five years ago, CNN reported on a related phenomenon, this time the creation of new black sand beaches in Hawaii as a result of the eruption of the Kilauea volcano. At the time, Ross Birch of the Hawaii Visitors Bureau told CNN that he hoped beachgoers would “always remember Hawaii Island’s unique ability to be constantly evolving.”

Lloyd Wright's Wayfarers Chapel to be moved

In the case of Rancho Palos Verdes, the landslide is behaving as expected. “If enough material accumulates at the bottom and is not removed by erosion, there can be bulging or uplift that occurs as the materials accumulate and create upward deformation,” said Nevada State University geologist El Hachemi Bouali. Los Angeles TimesIt’s a sobering reminder of the planet’s volatility and overlooks the ocean.