Coasting past the sea wall that protected the private island home of a resident we were soon approaching the farm field that was eroding away just above our heads. Yes, this can be a danger if you are not careful. On the flatland above was a corn field and at the edge of the cliff was a side road that would seem dangerous to me if I was riding a tractor. I had trespassed near there last spring and photographed the sun on the water and the weedy flowers that has been missed by the farmer.
Some buried electrical cable had already broken free and was lying against the cliff and falling to the shore into the water. It was probably the line that had delivered electricity to the island home at one time.
The layers of soil showing the history of this earth were clearly visible and told the story if you could read the geology. I knew that the bottom layers were many millions of years old, but could not give you a date exactly and neither could a geologist even with carbon dating. The dark bottom layer has lots of bivalves: clams, mussels, oysters and a few small scallop shells. The line of earth against the water is so dark making me think it must have been a marsh or swamp rich in carbon when dinosaurs roamed.
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If you have ever seen a live scallop you know that they dance along the floor of the ocean and into the water by clapping their shells together. I think of little self-propelled castanets showing off with gaiety. I looked at this wall of shells and wished I had some archaeological tools with me, project for a warm spring day.