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NOAA Analysis Reveals Significant Land Cover Changes in U.S. Coastal Regions

A new NOAA nationwide analysis shows that between 1996 and 2011, 64,975 square miles in coastal regions, an area larger than the state of Wisconsin, experienced changes in land cover, including a decline in wetlands and forest cover with development a major contributing factor.

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Why Restoring Wetlands Is More Critical Than Ever

Along the Delaware River estuary, efforts are underway to restore wetlands lost due to centuries of human activity. With sea levels rising, coastal communities there and and elsewhere in the U.S. and Europe are realizing the value of wetlands as important buffers against flooding and tidal surges.

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Can Marsh Conservation Save Local Homes Prone To Beach Erosion?

Conservationists are offering a solution for combatting beach erosion on the North Shore. A Video News Report.

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Marshes of Mesopotamia

Wars in the Persian Gulf region and the deliberate draining of the Mesopotamian marshes, left a vast area of once-teeming river delta a dry, salt-encrusted desert, emptied of insects, birds and the people who lived on them. Now the marshes are under threat again, this time from the building of huge dams in Turkey on the Tigris and Euphrates.

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Why Are U.S. Eastern Seaboard Salt Marshes Falling Apart?

Salt marshes have been disintegrating and dying over the past two decades along the U.S. Eastern seaboard and other highly developed coastlines, without anyone fully understanding why.

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Man-Made English Saltmarshes Are Failing To Meet European Plant Standards

Erosion, News
Sep
20

Man-made English salt marshes are failing to meet European conservation regulations that stipulate they should be as rich in plant life as natural wetlands, a new study warned.

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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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Marshes Hold Clues of Ancient Hurricanes

Friday marks the beginning of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. Cue the groans, the crossed fingers and the hope that mad rushes for plywood and batteries will wait for another year. Many of you are probably wondering what’s the chance that you will get hit this year.

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Prehistoric Trash Heaps Created Florida Everglades’ Tree Islands

News
Mar
22

For many years, scientists thought the fixed tree islands, larger, teardrop-shaped kinds of tree islands often found in the main channel of the Everglades, rose from protrusions from the rocky layer of the mineral carbonate that lies beneath the marsh. Now, researchers suggest these islands might actually have developed from ancient (organic) garbage mounds left behind from human settlements about 5,000 years ago.

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