A Tsunami Sculpted Beach, Sermermiut Beach, Jacobshaven Icefjord World Heritage Site, South of Ilulissat, Western Greenland; By Harold R. Wanless And John C. Van Leer

A Tsunami Sculpted Beach, Sermermiut Beach, Jacobshaven Icefjord World Heritage Site, South of Ilulissat, Western Greenland; By Harold R. Wanless And John C. Van Leer

Sermermiut is a spectacular beach of gravel and sand studded with small to large chunks of ice stranded there by tsunamis created by the frequent breaking and rolling of nearby giant icebergs.

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: © Coastal Care.

Sunset at Deveraux Point

Sunset at Deveraux Point

Sunset at Deveraux Point, is an image from Chris Orwig.

California Coast From The Air: Images of a Changing Landscape

California Coast From The Air: Images of a Changing Landscape

In a state identified with change, California' s 1,100-mile coastline lives up to the reputation. Gary Griggs, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa Cruz, has written many books about the California coast. The latest is California Coast from the Air, a collection of stunning aerial photographs of the state's coastline with captions by Griggs and Deepika Shrestha Ross.

North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving; A Video

North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving; A Video

World famous coastal geologist Orrin H. Pilkey takes us to the beach and explains why erosion has become a problem.

Exploring Deep Sea Volcanoes off the Coast of Barbados: An Artist\'s Perspective

Exploring Deep Sea Volcanoes off the Coast of Barbados: An Artist's Perspective

Mary Edna Fraser, an artist known for her large-scale batiks on silk and illustrations of geology and geography, was invited on the Research Vessel Atlantis, to capture the essence of discovery as scientists mapped the seafloor. Image courtesy of © Mary Edna Fraser

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun.

Just Washed In

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Picasso and Beach Culture: a Cocktail of Sand and Sensuality

Amid the new freedoms of the 1920s, Picasso invented the beach… mythologizing the traditional seaside in works that go far beyond impressionist marine painting.

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The Hidden Impact of Sea-Level Rise

Current projections may be underestimating the consequences of secondary effects from sea-level rise on habitat loss, and the distribution of mammals due to the relocation of human refugees into the hinterland.

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Northeast Passage Soon Free from Ice Again?

The Northeast Passage, the sea route along the North coast of Russia, is expected to be free of ice early again this summer.

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Japan Tsunami Debris on Pagan Island: Financial Problems May Lead to a Second Environmental Mess

What would motivate a small island nation to settle for the foreign mining of its pozzolan resources, and sell one of its most limited commodities : land? This is a story about how a small island in the tropical pacific was proposed as a dumpsite for trash from the 2011 Japan tsunami.

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Rio summit exposes Guanabara Bay’s Dire Pollution

News, Pollution
Jun
13

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Guanabara Bay used to be a near-legendary paradise, with healthy mangroves, sandy beaches and a rich ecosystem. Sadly, decades of urbanization and deforestation have taken their toll, and today it is long-suffering from unprecedented levels of pollution. Since 1995, one-billion dollars have been invested in fighting the pollution.

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The Real Threat Of Rising Sea Levels

More than a dozen science panels from coastal states around the country have projected a likely sea level rise of about 1 meter or more by 2100. But an increasingly effective sea level rise denier industry in this state, led by the NC-20 lobbying group and aided by the state legislature, has effectively blocked informing the public concerning the science of sea level rise.

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Recreational Fishing Causes Cape Cod Salt Marsh Die-Off

Recreational fishing is a major contributor to the rapid decline of important salt marshes along Cape Cod because it strips top predators out of the ecosystem, according to new research by Brown University ecologists.

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As Japan debris washes up in the US, scientists worry about break in natural order

News
Jun
11

Remnants from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami continue to arrive on the west coast, bringing exotic organisms with them.

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Latin American and Asian cities lead way in planning for global warming

Cities worldwide are increasingly aware of the need to prepare for the effects of climate change, including increased variability in temperatures and extreme weather events, but are often hampered by limited financial resources and political commitment. However, Quito, Ecuador, not considered a global leader by most measures, is at the forefront of metropolises worldwide: in planning for climate change.

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When Sand Moves

Inform
Jun
11

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution oceanographers found that when sand moves, whether carried by tides, winds, or waves, it carries bacterial DNA with it.

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