Erosion claims glacial arch at Lucy Vincent Beach

The arch formed by erosion of the Lucy Vincent Beach cliffs collapsed on Sunday. — Photo by Steve Myrick

The dramatic erosion of the iconic cliffs on Lucy Vincent Beach advanced over the weekend when the arch formed in the glacial deposit collapsed.

The last remaining freestanding column also appears to be in imminent danger of collapse, as several large cracks have formed at its base. Waves pummel the base of the natural structure at high tide.

The erosion intensified during the winter of 2012-2013, when two powerful winter storms battered the south shore of Martha’s Vineyard.

Chilmark town officials warn that the area around the eroding cliffs is hazardous, and ask visitors not to climb on, or stand near the cliffs.

Click “more photos” above to compare pictures of the cliffs on Monday, to pictures from last winter.