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2009-09-09 14:46:00

PLANO, Texas, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SunChips, Frito-Lay's multigrain snack brand, today presented the Mayor of Galveston with a check for $1 million to kick off the city's Seawall revitalization program. The ceremony was part of the city's commemoration of the one year anniversary of Hurricane Ike, which devastated Galveston on September 13, 2008. The SunChips donation will be used to create an environmentally friendly park on the Galveston Seawall. This is the first major...

2009-04-29 10:43:42

Police arrested a 70-year-old man in Siesta Key, Fla., for protesting the use of brown replacement sand on a beach of white sand, his wife says. Anne Overbeck said her husband, Jim, was arrested when he threw his body on top of a pile of the brown sand to stop a bulldozer from blending the off-color sand into Siesta Beach's white quartz sand, the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune said Wednesday. He said he wanted to make a point, Overbeck said after her husband's arrest Tuesday. Two dump truck...

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2008-11-24 15:12:45

Environmentalists say South Korea could be heading towards a major ecological blunder as it begins a multi-billion dollar land reclamation project about seven times the size of Manhattan that the country believes will lift its economy. South Korea's Saemangeum land reclamation project uses a 20.5 mile sea dyke to reclaim an area of 155 sq miles, turning coastal tidelands that are key feeding areas for globally threatened birds into land for factories, golf courses and water treatment plants....

2008-09-12 17:03:37

As Hurricane Ike pummels the Texas coast, the only thing standing in the way is a thin stretch of land called Galveston. Galveston is a barrier island, a narrow landmass made mostly of sand that extends along a coastline parallel to the land. These islands, common along the Gulf Coast and East Coast of the United States, are some of the most fragile and changing landforms on Earth. And they are particularly vulnerable to storms. "Barrier islands are exposed to the open ocean,...

2008-08-26 21:00:20

By CHRISTINA ABEL and MAGGIE FITZROY As Tropical Storm Fay's powerful wind and waves plowed ashore along St. Johns County's coast, some people dared to frolic in the surf and others finally got official permission to try to save their Vilano Beach homes from more blasts of beach erosion. Along Florida A1A, from Ponte Vedra to Vilano Beach, the road was flooded in areas and covered with tree limbs and palm fronds. Some mailboxes had blown off of their posts and a few pieces of deck...

2008-08-17 21:00:27

By ROB YOUNG & ANDY COBURN By ROB YOUNG & ANDY COBURN The Coastal Resources Commission, North Carolina's coastal rule- making body, recently denied an appeal by several Outer Banks property owners to postpone indefinitely the removal of sandbag seawalls protecting oceanfront homes. With this decision, the CRC has made it clear: The time has come for sandbags to go. It may seem strange to deny property owners the right to protect their investments, especially when it means...

2008-08-05 15:00:25

By MAETZIG, Rob URENUI residents say their popular domain has been saved by extensions to the seawall along the domain's waterfront. In a first major test, the extensions -- which are yet to be completed -- have held out huge swells whipped up by the northerly storms of the past two weeks. In March, the New Plymouth District Council voted to spend more than $400,000 building a 100m extension to the existing 300m sea wall at Urenui Domain after locals pleaded that the work was...

2008-07-16 18:00:21

By CHRISTINA ABEL After about three years of losing sand from the dunes behind their homes because of beach erosion, some homeowners in South Ponte Vedra Beach are regaining sand, very slowly and naturally. Resident Gary Close said he's among those who have gotten a pleasant surprise - more sand on the dune behind his house. "Sand has built up in front of the bulkheads and the beach has a slope so high [the] tide does not reach the [temporary sea] walls the way it used to," Close said....

2008-07-03 12:00:31

By Kevin Howe, The Monterey County Herald, Calif. Jul. 3--Condominium owners at Ocean Harbor House on Monterey Beach have filed an appeal of an appellate court ruling with the state Supreme Court. The ruling required them to pay more than $2.15 million in legal fees to the California Coastal Commission as compensation for a seawall bordering the property. In May, the 6th District Court of Appeal upheld a ruling by Monterey County Superior Court Judge Robert O'Farrell in favor of the...

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2005-06-30 07:46:54

YOKOSUKA, Japan -- At the far end of a long trough, a bulge of water appears. Seconds later, the wave rips through the wall of a room with such fury it splinters the wall and washes away the furniture and a mannequin standing behind it. From seabed to crest, the 8-foot-tall wave is the world's tallest man-made tsunami, Japanese scientists at the Port and Airport Research Institute's Tsunami Research Center said on Wednesday. But while size is critical in tsunami research, the scientists...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'