Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsunami on America's Shores | The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World | Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge | Retreat from a Rising Sea: Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change | Friction | Planning for Coastal Resilience | The Golden Shore
After explaining beaches as dynamic ecosystems, Pilkey and Cooper assess the harm done by dense oceanfront development accompanied by the construction of massive seawalls to protect new buildings from a shoreline that encroaches as sea levels rise. They discuss the toll taken by sand mining, trash that washes up on beaches, and pollution, which has contaminated not only the water but also, surprisingly, the sand. Acknowledging the challenge of reconciling our actions with our love of beaches, the geologists offer suggestions for reversing course, insisting that given the space, beaches can take care of themselves and provide us with multiple benefits.
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