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Britain's Atlantis: Archaeologists Reveal Remains Of Medieval Dunwich
2013-05-09 14:31:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online One researcher from University of Southampton has carried out the most detailed analysis ever of the remains of an ancient medieval city dubbed "Britain's Atlantis." Professor David Sear of Southampton's Geography and Environment has created the most accurate map to date of the lost medieval town of Dunwich. His map includes the town's streets, boundaries, major buildings, and even ruins on the seabed. Sear worked with...

2011-02-23 22:24:34

An assessment of coastal change over the past 150 years has found 68 percent of beaches in the New England and Mid-Atlantic region are eroding, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released today. Scientists studied more than 650 miles of the New England and Mid-Atlantic coasts and found the average rate of coastal change "“ taking into account beaches that are both eroding and prograding -- was negative 1.6 feet per year.  Of those beaches eroding, the most extreme case...

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2010-01-25 12:21:02

A major increase in maximum ocean wave heights off the Pacific Northwest in recent decades has forced scientists to re-evaluate how high a "100-year event" might be, and the new findings raise special concerns for flooding, coastal erosion and structural damage. The new assessment concludes that the highest waves may be as much as 46 feet, up from estimates of only 33 feet that were made as recently as 1996, and a 40 percent increase. December and January are the months such waves are most...

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2009-10-23 14:22:44

While most people head to Myrtle Beach for vacation, a group of scientists have been hitting the famous South Carolina beach for years to figure out how to keep the sand from washing away. Although they studied only a limited segment of beach, their work is a model for beach preservation that can apply elsewhere. And with talk of "balancing the sand budget" and money saved on restoration, their findings sound financial. The study will be presented to scientists from around the world at the...

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2009-04-27 05:55:00

Climate change is now threatening France's Aquitaine coast, which stretches north from the Spanish border to the Gironde River, causing erosion that is endangering coastal communities. In 2006 the European LIFE program identified 13 coastal communities as hotspots for erosion. "There is a lack of sand on the beaches, because of a period of warming -- climate change," says Cyril Mallet, of the French geology and mining research agency BRGM. Climate change means more erosion for the area,...

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2008-10-29 13:15:00

A new study on Wednesday warned that climate change is the cause of rising sea levels that will erode Sydney's iconic beaches by 2050. The NSW Department of Climate Change study said some are at risk of disappearing and threatening beachfront homes and commercial properties. The Sydney climate change impact report detailed how sea levels along Sydney's coast are expected to rise by up to 40 cm above 1990 levels by 2050 and by 90 cm by 2100, with each one centimeter of rise resulting in one...

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2008-09-10 12:25:00

Scientists said on Wednesday that Australia's vast coastline is increasingly being battered by destructive "extreme waves" driven in part by climate change. Government experts said research into wave size changes over the past 45 years showed waves of 3 meters (9.8 feet) in height or more were increasing, hitting Australia's southern coasts as severe storms become more frequent and intense. "Extreme wave conditions are greatest south of the Australian continent, associated with the passage of...

2008-08-30 09:00:36

A new coastal erosion plan could be on the way to protect an East Devon town from the sea. Moves are now under way to tackle the problem of erosion of the cliff face at Pennington Point, Sidmouth, and the safety issues raised by encroachment of the sea and landslips caused by heavy rain. East Devon District Council is reviewing the state of the cliffs with the possibility of bringing forward a coastal protection scheme designed to give a degree of protection to Pennington Point near the...

2008-08-19 12:00:29

By Michael Savage Di Wrightson used to complain that a row of bungalows blocked the view of the sea from her home in the picturesque village of Happisburgh, pronounced "Haysbrough", on the north Norfolk coast. Now she says she wishes they were still there to block her view. Those bungalows have now been claimed by the encroaching North Sea, along with a road, part of a meadow - and Di Wrightson's garage. Her home on Beach Road now sits precariously near the edge of a cliff that was...


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