An erosion can completely modify our natural landscape. It is described as a gradual deconstruction or diminution over a period of time. This process happens through wind, water, or other elements of nature. Nature builds land, only for it to disintegrate later on in the process. It becomes this continuing cycle of land constantly being reformed year after year.
To dive further into this process, let’s look at this rock formation here in Bailey’s Hill. This monstrous landscape sits around the Atlantic Ocean where bits of rocks are slowly chipped away over time. Long cracks scatter throughout, dividing the rocks further away from each other. Small tides open up from the bottom where organisms like barnacles claim their habitat. The landmark continues to disintegrate over time as the waves continue to crash against the structure. Strong winds push the waves farther out, grabbing yet another piece to carry out into the ocean.
And in that moment, you realize that this process didn’t change in just one day alone. This erosion has been happening for THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of years. Years of heavy winds, huge waves, and other chaotic scenes of nature crafted this marvelous structure. Nature itself caused this rock structure to become what it is today. Human beings did not cause this to happen, for it would be impossible for man to modify something of this magnitude.
As you stare into the scene in front of you, you start to realize how much of nature we truly take for granted. You look right into the picture and can’t imagine how much change has happened in a matter of years. Water, wind, soil, rocks, and many other natural elements played a key role in how Bailey’s Hill was formed. And yet, this erosion will continue to happen as time goes on.
This is not some special environmental phenomenon that was just discovered – you know very well that this process happens all over the world. From the oceans of Massachusetts to the glaciers of Canada, every type of landscape goes through some form of erosion.
An erosion is not seen as good or bad, but rather, just one of many complex processes of life. Life itself is happening right before your eyes. It may be a sluggish process, but the erosion is a magnificent process to experience.
So what lies ahead for the stunning rock formation here on Bailey’s Hill? Will this structure grow even higher? Or will the erosion continue divide the sections up further from each other?
There is no telling what Bailey’s Hill will look like from now. We will just have to wait to see what it looks like, thousands of years later.