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Gibraltar Point, Erosion on the Toronto Islands

yonderbean

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I had the pleasure of three weeks in residence at Artscape Gibraltar Point in January, during which I got a lot of work done and also took daily walks along the shore. I was struck by the ever-changing shoreline. Over one windy night, several meters of the beach was washed away and deposited further down the shore, forming a broad new beach along a stretch that was previously unpassable. The building of the Leslie Spit combined with efforts to prevent further erosion of the Scarborough Bluffs has choked off the supply of sand that built the islands in the first place.

The changing shorelines of this Toronto Islands is actually more the natural state of affairs - the islands in their original state were essentially a series of huge sand bars which changed from season to season, and only settled into a semi-stable shape by human efforts.

Gibralter Point Beach, Toronto Islands by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Ephemeral Beach by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Untitled by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Untitled by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Gibralter Point Beach, Toronto Islands by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Wreck of the Monarch by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Beach Erosion by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Mississauga by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Untitled by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Untitled by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Untitled by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Untitled by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Ephemeral Beach by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Untitled by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Untitled by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Untitled by Mathew Borrett, on Flickr

Full album here.
 

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thanks for sharing - I had no idea there were remnants of a shipwreck there....looks a good place to go take photos!
 

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