Wine's happiest accident

Imagine you are God, with a dinner plate about 500 km in diameter, which you drop on Earth.

20th August, 2005

Imagine you are God, with a dinner plate about 500 km in diameter, which you drop on Earth. It lands just south of London, but the rim touches Dijon and the Normandy landing beaches at one end, and circles back to England.

It's a big plate - the size of the chalk basin that sits deep down under most of southern England and northern France. It peeks out where the English Channel has sliced off the...

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