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Storm Waters Could Easily Flood Manhattan Due To Rising Seas
2014-04-24 09:35:31

[ Watch the Video: Odds of Storm Water Overflowing NY Increasing Significantly ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After Hurricane Sandy devastated New York, the fear of another flood has driven much concern in both the academic world and the political one. A new study from Portland State University reveals that since the mid-1800s, maximum water levels in New York harbor during major storms have risen by nearly two and a half feet. This makes the possibility of...

2013-12-04 19:18:10

Virginia Institute of Marine Science Left to themselves, coastal wetlands can resist rapid levels of sea-level rise. But humans could be sabotaging some of their best defenses, according to a Nature review paper published Thursday from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. The threat of disappearing coastlines has alerted many to the dangers of climate change. Wetlands in particular—with their ability to buffer coastal cities from...

Rising Sea Waters Threaten Hawaiian Shorelines
2013-08-31 08:19:16

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In Hawaii, sea-level rise (SLR) has been isolated as a principal cause of coastal erosion. After examining other influences on shoreline change including waves, sediment supply and littoral processes, and anthropogenic changes, the best explanation for the difference in island-wide shoreline trends, such as beach erosion or accretion, is the differing rates of relative sea-level rise on the islands of Oahu and Maui. A new study,...

Coastal Storm Damage Not As Severe Thanks To Mother Nature
2013-07-18 10:28:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People and property along coastal regions are being placed at greater risk by extreme weather, sea-level rise and degraded coastal systems. A new study by scientists with the Natural Capital Project at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment shows that natural habitats such as dunes and reefs are critical to protecting millions of US residents and billions of dollars in property from coastal storms. The study, published...

Buried Seawall Helped Protect New Jersey From Hurricane Sandy
2013-07-17 08:53:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bay Head and Mantoloking are residential beach communities that sit side-by-side on a narrow barrier island that separates the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay in Ocean County, New Jersey. Someone traveling between Mantoloking into Bay Head before Hurricane Sandy landed on October 29, 2012, would have noticed few changes in residential development, dunes, beaches and shoreline between the two towns. The important difference was...

2010 Chile Earthquake Had Surprising Ecological Effects
2012-05-04 03:45:32

Long-forgotten coastal habitats reappeared, species unseen for years returned The reappearance of long-forgotten habitats and the resurgence of species unseen for years may not be among the expected effects of a natural disaster. Yet that's exactly what researchers found in a study of the sandy beaches of south central Chile, after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami in 2010. Their study also revealed a preview of the problems wrought by sea level rise--a major...

First-Of-Its-Kind Study Reveals Surprising Ecological Effects Of Earthquake And Tsunami
2012-05-03 06:29:33

The reappearance of long-forgotten habitats and the resurgence of species unseen for years may not be among the expected effects of a natural disaster. Yet that's exactly what researchers have found on the sandy beaches of south central Chile, after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami in 2010. Their study also revealed a preview of the problems wrought by sea level rise —— a major symptom of climate change. In a scientific first, researchers from Universidad...

2012-03-05 23:16:00

The increasing use of large breakwaters and other hard structures to reduce erosion in "living shorelines" along coastal estuaries may be no better for the environment than the ecologically harmful bulkheads they were designed to replace, according to a report this week by scientists at Duke and Western Carolina universities. Originally, living shorelines were designed to use natural methods such as replanted native marsh grasses and oyster reefs to stabilize and protect eroding...

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2010-04-28 06:45:43

Work on the Saemangeum Seawall--the longest man-made dyke in the world--has officially been completed, South Korean officials announced on Tuesday. Located on the southwestern coast of the Korean peninsula, the 21 mile seawall encloses approximately 160 square miles of seawater between the Yellow Sea and the Saemangeum estuary. During a television broadcast announcing the completion of the dyke, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak called it "the largest-ever engineering project in this...

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2009-11-16 06:20:00

All across the islands of Hawaii, residents have stood by and watched helplessly for years as the majestic archipelago's sandy white beaches have steadily retreated "” a phenomenon that geologists warn will likely worsen in the coming decades as warming global temperatures bring rising sea levels around the world. According to the Associated Press, experts say that over 70 percent of the island Kauai's pristine beaches are on the decline while Oahu has already seen roughly a quarter of...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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