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CLIP 9963

How the Ice Age affected the Norfolk coastline

How the Ice Age affected the Norfolk coastline

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Key Info
  • How the Ice Age affected the Norfolk coastline
  • Duration: 05:39
  • A visit to Cromer in North Norfolk to study the impact of the ice age on the Norfolk coastline and the development of the UK as an island. The shape of the Norfolk coastline has been determined by successive ice ages, which have carved the land into its current profile. Core samples taken from the sea bed reveal how the North Sea was once dry land creating a bridge between the UK and the rest of Europe. Animal bones dredged up from the North Sea reveal the presence of elephants, hippos and rhinos at various warmer periods in the history of the UK.
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  • Keywords: ice age, glaciation, Norfolk, coastline, ice sheets, core sample, sea level, eustatic, isostatic, climate change, CoastReversion
Ideas for use in class
  • This clip would fit into a lesson on coasts or glaciation. It could be used as part of a mystery lesson. The teacher could pose a question such as 'Why are there elephant bones under the North Sea?' or 'How could ancient humans cross the North Sea before strong boats were made?' Suggestions could be taken from the class before the answer is revealed through showing this clip. The class could then study in detail the reasons for the changes in the UK coastline. More information on Series 1 of Coast can be found here:
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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