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Coastal communities should exercise caution in using FEMA Flood Maps as the primary indicator of coastal risk; By Rob Young

Most coastal communities, like Mexico Beach, rely almost entirely on FEMA flood maps to understand their exposure to coastal hazards and risk to the community.

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Land Ho! Visiting a Young Island

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Feb
13

When the volcanic island burst into being in January 2015 it immediately captured the attention of NASA scientists keen to understand how new islands form and evolve on Earth – which may also give them clues about how volcanic landscapes interacted with water on ancient Mars.

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The 18 best beaches in the world in 2018, according to travel experts

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Nov
29

Chosen by almost double the number of travel experts as the previous year, the 2018 list was compiled by over 1,200 travel-obsessed journalists, editors, bloggers, and agencies from around the world.

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Bondi Beach to facilitate access for wheelchairs

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Nov
21

Bondi Beach is to introduce beach mats for anyone unable to traverse through the soft sand, primarily those who use wheelchairs, after a woman’s Kickstarter campaign received 25,000 signatures. The campaign is to ensure everyone can make the most of the beach.

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Cox’s Bazar Beach, Bangladesh

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Nov
13

Stretching a remarkable 75 miles in length, Cox’s Bazar Beach is the longest uninterrupted natural sand beach in the world. To be precise, there are some beaches—like Praia do Cassino Beach in Brazil and Ninety Mile Beach in Australia—that are longer than Cox’s Bazar, but they are not natural sand.

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The Largest River Delta in Europe

Over the past century, the Volga Delta has grown from 3,222 square kilometers (1,244 square miles) in 1880 to 27,224 square kilometers (10,511 square miles) today. This significant growth is due both to sea level changes in the Caspian and the broad, gentle slope of the delta.

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Sockeye carcasses tossed on shore over two decades spur tree growth

In a 20-year study, researchers have found that nearly 600,000 pounds of sockeye salmon carcasses tossed to the left side of a small, remote stream in southwest Alaska, helped trees on that side of the stream grow faster than their counterparts on the other side.

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Thailand bay made popular by ‘The Beach’ closes indefinitely

“Maya Bay”, a popular day-trip destination, was due to reopen this month following a temporary tourist ban. But on Tuesday, Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) announced the bay will remain closed indefinitely.

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Inventory of Municipal Wastewater Discharges to California Coastal Waters

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Sep
26

417 billion gallons of treated municipal wastewater were discharged from treatment plants at fifty-seven locations directly into California coastal waters. Engineering feasibility and financial considerations will be significant factors in determining the viability of using existing coastal wastewater discharges for increasing recycled water production.

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