area known as Spurn forms the southern extremity of the Holderness
coast and includes the unique feature of Spurn Head, a sand
and shingle spit 5.5km long, reaching across the mouth of the
is made up of the material which has been transported along
the Holderness Coast. This includes sand, sediment and shingle.
Head 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
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.