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Curious visitors watch the exposed pebbles and stones as the sea receded at the Ramakrishna Beach in Visakhapatnam on Monday.
VISAKHAPATNAM: Visitors to the Ramakrishna Beach were in for a pleasant surprise on Monday to find the coastline receding by 20 feet to 30 feet near the Scandal Point.
Men and women were seen walking along the exposed pebbles and stones that looked like mosaic all along the coastline.
Scores of people thronged the beach to witness the immersion of Ganesh idols. Children searched for conch shells amidst the pebbles. Receding of water was also reported at Visalakshinagar and other places on the outskirts of the city.
“The Mean Sea Level (MSL), which is normally high during June, July and the first two weeks of August, goes down from the second half of August.
The highest high tides and lowest low tides occur between new moon days and full moon days. Water recedes during neap tides,” Senior Technical Officer of the National Institute of Oceanography N.S.N. Raju told The Hindu.
“In Visakhapatnam, the MSL goes down after August 15 and goes up during October and November. A 1-m increase is seen during high tides and a similar dip is seen during low tides,” he says.
Maximum beach erosion is also seen during this time as the upper part of the beach gets eroded during August and September due to high wave activity.
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