Rising Sea Levels Could Make Assateague Island Disappear

By WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio
|  Friday, Aug 31, 2012  |  Updated 10:06 PM EDT
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Rising Sea Levels Could Make Assateague Island Disappear

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Wild ponies cross a small creek after being rounded up to be herded to a holding pen before making the annual swim across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island.

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Global climate change and sea level rise could cause some of the East Coast's most beloved and visited National Parks to disappear in 100 years, according to a report released this week by the National Resources Defense Council.

The report entitled America's National Seashores in Peril, paints a dire picture of what barrier islands like Assateague Island National Seashore on Maryland's Eastern Shore will look like in a century.

Basically, the beautiful beaches of Assateague and its famous wild horses will be swallowed entirely by the rising Atlantic Ocean.

Other coastal destinations like New York's Fire Island, North Carolina's Cape Hatteras and Cape Cod in New England all are said to be very vulnerable and will face the same fate of disappearance as Assateague does if something isn't done to curb the changing climate, sea level rise and the intense storms that continue to threaten these fragile coastal ecosystems.

More than 11 million people visit the parks listed in the report annually, and the parks employ more than 8,000 people and contribute about a half billion dollars to our nation's economy.

Complete story at wamu.org

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