area known as Spurn forms the southern extremity of the
Holderness coast and includes the unique feature of Spurn
Point, a sand and shingle spit 5.5km long, reaching across
the mouth of the Humber.
is made up of the material which has been transported
along the Holderness Coast. This includes sand, sediment
Point is an example of a feature geographers call a spit.
is an aerial photograph of Spurn Head. It has been kindly
donated by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust . Copyright is
owned by the Trust)
spit forms a sweeping curve which continues the line of
the coast. The sand which forms the spit has been transported
along the Holderness Coast by longshore drift. The energy
in the waves transporting the material reduces where the
North Sea meets the Humber Estuary. As a result the material
is deposited. This process is known as deposition.