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Island Center in Virginia to Close Due to Rising Sea Levels, Foundation Says

More than 70% of the island's land area has washed away over the past 50 years, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says

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    Island Center in Virginia to Close Due to Rising Sea Levels, Foundation Says
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    An environmental group says sea level rise and erosion are bringing an end to the use of an education center on an island in the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. 

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation recently announced that this fall is the last season for its Fox Island Education Program, the Capital Gazette reports. 

    Educators with the foundation say sea level rise and erosion are destroying the protective salt marshes surrounding the island located in Virginia waters between the Tangier and Pocomoke sounds. They say that's making the educational center that served teachers and students unsafe.

    More than 70% of the island's land area has washed away over the past 50 years, the foundation said in a blog post. It calls the center's closure an example of the "real and immediate threat" climate change poses.

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