This is the scene of a battle to save a beach. For here at Lorne,?
LS man over plank towards wave-making machine.
MCU shore and waves
MS man adjusting controls on small box (after CU pointer on wave-crests)
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Background: This is the scene of a battle to save a beach. For here at Lorne, in Southern Victoria, the famous surf beach has been battered almost beyond recognition by the Ocean.
At Melbourne University, the fight to save Lorne's beach is being waged by scientists. While the Public Works Department patches up the present beach, the University's hydraulic engineers are working out how the ocean is damaging the foreshore. A wave-generating machine reproduces the long, powerful roll of the sea.
A miniature Lorne coastline and beach are subjected to varying types of sea, with the height of the scaled-down wave carefully controlled. Eighteen-thousand gallons of fresh water are used to represent the Ocean ... just as it drives into Lorne.
Mr. Jack Fryer, a 23-year-old engineering graduate has made a field investigation at Lorne and now he's using the model to find out how the erosion is occurring. Every part of the foreshore is faithfully reproduced, as miniature waves trace out a way of saving Lorne's surfing beach ... in a small-scale, landlocked ocean.