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Hurricanes on sandy shorelines

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Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development

By Dirk Frankenberg

This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” examines the impact of hurricanes on beaches and coastal development with high-resolution photographs and text. First, you’ll explore hurricane formation and and the “coastal sand sharing system,” a phrase geologists apply to the system that moves around on sedimentary coastlines. Next, you will visit two undeveloped barrier islands as they looked shortly after being hit by Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd in 1999. Finally, you’ll visit two developed barrier islands that were impacted by the same hurricanes. You will be able to compare the way the sand sharing system affected the shoreface environments on the developed and undeveloped islands and will learn about the risks faced by homeowners and developers on the North Carolina coast.

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