The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper

The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper

"The Last Beach" is an urgent call to save the world's beaches while there is still time. The geologists Orrin H. Pilkey and J. Andrew G. Cooper sound the alarm in this frank assessment of our current relationship with beaches and their grim future if we do not change the way we understand and treat our irreplaceable shores.

Seawalls Kill Beaches; Open Letters by Warner Chabot And Rob Young, Ph.D

Seawalls Kill Beaches; Open Letters by Warner Chabot And Rob Young, Ph.D

A report from coastal geologists Warner Chabot and Rob Young.

Let\'s Talk About Sand: Denis Delestrac At TEDxBarcelona

Let's Talk About Sand: Denis Delestrac At TEDxBarcelona

Denis Delestrac latest feature documentary, "Sand Wars" is an epic eco-thriller that takes the audience around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: we are running out of sand! In this TEDxBarcelona talk, he explains us where sand comes from and where it ends up...

Take Action to End Global Beach Sand Mining!

Take Action to End Global Beach Sand Mining!

We urge you to become part of the movement by signing the petition to end beach sand mining.

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

As ocean waters warm, the Northeast is likely to face more Sandy-like storms. And as sea levels continue to rise, the surges of these future storms will be higher and even more deadly. We can’t stop these powerful storms. But we can reduce the deaths and damage they cause… An Op Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution

The world population is living, working, vacationing, increasingly conglomerating along the coasts, and standing on the front row of the greatest, most unprecedented, plastic waste tide ever faced. Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world's oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land. Featured image: ©© Bastian

What the Sands Tell Us: a Look Back at Southeastern US Beaches; By Orrin H. Pilkey & William J. Neal

What the Sands Tell Us: a Look Back at Southeastern US Beaches; By Orrin H. Pilkey & William J. Neal

All beaches contain a variety of minerals, unique “suites”, which are like fingerprints in the sand—fingerprints that are clues as to where the sand came from.

Light Leak ; By Ray Collins

Light Leak ; By Ray Collins

Light Leak, is an image from Ray Collins.

Just Washed In


Tarut Bay, Saudi Arabia

Tarut Bay is located along the coastline of the Arabian Gulf (also known as the Persian Gulf). The bay surrounds one of the largest islands in the Arabian Gulf—Tarut—which has an area of approximately 70 square kilometers (27 square miles).


Think Beyond Plastic

News, Pollution

Think Beyond Plastic, is a competition and a conference, initiated by The Plastic Pollution Coalition, featuring entrepreneurs and solutions that measurably reduce plastic pollution. This competition and conference will take place on June 13, 2013 in Berkeley, CA and is open to the public.


Kamchatka Surrounded by Blooms

The Kamchatka Peninsula of far eastern Russian was surrounded by life in late May 2013, at least the oceanic sort. Massive blooms of microscopic, plant-like organisms called phytoplankton spread green over the nearby waters. Phytoplankton typically support an abundance of other fish and marine life.


2013 Sea State Report

For the first time ever, a comprehensive report was released this week outlining how well states protect coastal waters. The report shows that most states and territories are failing to safeguard our nation’s marine life, seafood and coasts.


An Ancient Beach With Modern Subway Cars- 16 Fathoms Down To Take This Train; By Art Trembanis, Nicole Raineault & Carter DuVal

It used to require a ticket to ride the Redbird line of subway cars but now you’ll need a set of SCUBA gear to ride these trains. Over 900 New York City subway cars sit on the seafloor, just 16.5 nautical miles (19 mi) from the Delaware shore…


Cape Arago Lighthouse, Oregon; By Chuck Place

Cape Arago Lighthouse, Oregon, is an image from Chuck Place.


Moving Heaven and Earth for a House

For sentimental as well as environmental reasons, some homeowners will spend millions of dollars to move a coastal house to a new, better location.


Bay Blues


Satellite observations of Earth’s land and ice surfaces and the open ocean have been incredibly valuable for understanding the processes and rhythms of our planet. But at the intersection of land and sea, many imaging techniques and analyses can get muddy.


Ilocos Sur is Helpless Against Illegal Black Sand Mining, Philippines

News, Sand Mining

Illegal miners continue to extract black sand from Ilocos Sur, on Philippines ‘North Western Coast, exporting the commodity out of the country placing coastal areas and the people at risk of erosion, according to a priest, an environmental group, and the Mines Bureau..


Small Dams On Chinese River Harm Environment More Than Expected, study finds

Erosion, News

A fresh look at the environmental impacts of dams on an ecologically diverse and partially protected river in China found that small dams can pose a greater threat to ecosystems and natural landscapes than large dams.

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