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The wrong hiding place flooded

Posted by Charles II on August 25, 2008

Isaiah 28:15, 17

You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death,
with the grave we have made an agreement.
When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,
it cannot touch us,
for we have made a lie our refuge
and falsehood our hiding place.”

I [The Lord] will make justice the measuring line
and righteousness the plumb line;
hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie,
and water will overflow your hiding place.

A bittern in Titchwell Marsh refuge (London Independent)

Michael McCarthy, London Independent

A major nature reserve is to become one of the first casualties of the rising seas around Britain.

Part of Titchwell Marsh, a favourite spot for birdwatchers on the north Norfolk coast, is to be sacrificed to the waves to save the rest of the site from destruction.

The site, owned by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, has seen its sea defences starting to give way after years of coastal erosion, exacerbated by global sea level rises, according to Dr Mark Avery, the RSPB’s Director of Conservation….

Visited by about 90,000 people a year, Titchwell is home to rare species such as bitterns, avocets, bearded tits and marsh harriers, and in spring and autumn hosts migrating wading birds such as ruffs and curlew sandpipers.

But of course global warming is just a myth.

2 Responses to “The wrong hiding place flooded”

  1. Titchwell is in Norfolk, and Norfolk is being hit especially hard by this — a village, Happisburgh, is about to be lost to the sea.

    Then again, the island on which England and Scotland sit has been slowly shifting and tilting ever since the weight of the glaciers from the last Ice Age retreated, and southeast England has been the primary victim of this tilt; while some parts of Britain that once were ports have now been lifted up so that they are several miles inland, Norfolk’s at the other end of the teeter-totter and is being pushed underwater. Global warming is likely accelerating this, but the process has long been in motion well before the first steam engine. Dunwich, the ancient capital not just of Suffolk (which is, as the name indicates, just south of Norfolk) but of all of East Anglia and one of the original Cinque ports, had already started losing acreage by the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 (it had lost half its farmland in the twenty years since 1066!), losses which increased substantially after a storm in 1286. Today, what’s left of Dunwich could fit on a football field and leave room to spare. (And, yes, Dunwich’s fate was on H.P. Lovecraft’s mind when he created the Cthulhu Mythos; he borrowed the city’s name and assigned it to a mythical Massachusetts town beset by sea demons.)

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