In 2000 the cliffs were still intact with beach between the cliffsand the sea. Peter Simon

Monday, May 4, 2020

Geological time mostly runs slowly, in measures of hundreds of thousands, if not millions or billions of years. But time was up for the last of the sand and gravel formations at Lucy Vincent Beach this weekend. Here is a photographic essay of the last 20 years of the beloved beach.

Comments (4)

Jackson, Western MA.
Iconic and yes beloved beach ! Spectacular pictures, i thought of Peter Simon as i viewed them. Thank you ~~
May 4, 2020 - 2:54pm
Steve M, Chilmark
The major bulk of these cliffs is composed of sand and gravel. While a few sections have clay, calling them clay cliffs is inaccurate. Were they mostly clay the erosion would be much slower and not nearly as dramatic.
May 4, 2020 - 9:13pm
Jack O'Callaghan, Apache Junction AZ
I remember going to the nude Beach area at Lucy Vincent back in the 70's. The cliffs extended out at least one or two hundred feet or more from where the current shoreline is. At high tide the waves lapped at the base of the cliffs. If you took the beach route at high tide you'd get your feet wet. To get to the beach people generally walked on a path that went up and over the flat plain that was the top of the cliffs. In 1976 there were two paths across the plain. The existing one back about fifty feet or so from the edge of the cliff, and the previous path that had already been partially lost to erosion. The cliffs may now be gone, but my memories of them will never be lost to erosion.
May 5, 2020 - 4:58am
Laura Kennelly, Berea
Typo alert: For one caption in slides-- "Signs discourage walkers from tredding on the top of the cliffs.Mark Alan Lovewell"-- make that "treading." Lovely photos, remind me of my surprise when I discovered, by walking on the beach, that one section was a nude beach. I felt embarrassed to keep my clothes on--but I did.
May 5, 2020 - 8:47am


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