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King Tides, Beach Erosion and Water Pollution—Can Waikīkī Be Saved?

Erosion
Feb
13

More than a century ago, Waikīkī was the center of government and culture for Hawaiians, where streams met the ocean and fishponds provided food. By the late 1800s, this stunning shoreline started to lure visitors, creating a demand for accommodations on the beach. This development, which included the construction of seawalls, groins and piers, prompted the eroding of the very beach that had been attracting tourists.

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Shore towns use sand dredged from inlets to widen beaches

Coastal areas around the country are dredging clogged inlets to make them easier to navigate, and using the sand they suck from the bottom to widen beaches damaged by natural erosion or serious storms. Concerns that have arisen from inlet dredging include possibly disturbing wildlife habitat, or affecting the shape of nearby shorelines.

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Slowly but surely, South Carolina’s incredibly complex shoreline is losing ground

Erosion, Inform
Feb
11

More than half of South Carolina’s shoreline is eroding under an onslaught of rising seas, pounding storms and other scouring forces. These and other recent findings cast new light on the nature and fate of our coast.

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Life’s a beach: Cannes ships in sand for film festival

Every year the French Riviera town of Cannes rolls out the red carpet to A-list celebrities at the world’s most glamorous film festival. Now it wants to roll out a bigger beach too. The Mediterranean resort is shipping in 80,000 cubic meters of white sand – enough to fill 32 Olympic swimming pools – to widen the beach along a 1.4 kilometer (0.9 mile) stretch of seafront.

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More oyster reefs could help fight erosion on Texas coast

Erosion, News
Jan
22

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department in the past 10 years has built more than 400 acres of oyster reef off the coast — multimillion dollar projects intended to jump start the harvest of oysters, particularly after hurricanes and drought devastated the resource.

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Hyams Beach, Australia: Beach with the whitest sand in the world

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Jan
16

The whitest sand in the world: it’s a claim to fame Hyams Beach on Australia’s New South Wales South Coast has enjoyed for years, even securing it a place in the Guinness World Records.

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Study seeks to protect key sites from coastal erosion; Scotland

Researchers are investigating ways to protect Scotland’s coastline against the effects of climate change.

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The Texas Coastline Is Slowly Disappearing. Here’s How One Community Is Coping

Erosion, Inform
Jan
3

The Lone Star State’s shoreline is experiencing one of the highest rates of land loss of any coastal area in the country due to a combination of subsidence, sea level rise and storm surges.

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Coastline changes; Hanalei, Kauai

Erosion, News
Dec
29

A wall of tangled roots separates the park at Black Pot from the beach, and the erosion has drastically changed the beach from six months ago. While geologists say shifting sands aren’t unusual, it’s a prediction of what could be coming in the next few decades and scientists say long-term studies of the area are necessary.

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