November 7, 2010
Coastal erosion is something that is very sporadic, and will continue throughout history with little to no chance of our human race to stop it. Erosion is when wind, water, and ice take away sediments from the land. Coastal erosion occurs along beaches and shorelines, and both wind action and water action are important parts that continuously change the boundary between land and water. My family has a shore house that is right on the beach, in the city of Sea Isle which is located right on the Jersey coast. It is very ironic that we are writing this paper about the coastal erosion because just about a couple weeks ago me and my dad were having this conversation about this very topic. We were sitting at the dinner table and he brought up about moving off the coast of the shore, out of fear that the sea level will continue to rise and the value of his house will drop. We are still in between decisions on what to do, but ultimately his goal is to within a year he wants to move off the coast and deeper into the city of Sea Isle to protect from any potential tragedies.
Often times our government will try to protect their beaches by building man made structures to prevent the loss of their beaches. Over a long period of time these structures tend to produce more harm then they do good. What I mean is that these structures are designed to limit sand transport along a beach, but when we build these structures over time tend to hold down sand and this process will make beaches starved of sand, and erosion is good along these areas. In the information that I am looking at they show a picture of Ocean City, New Jersey, and it shows that the structures made to help only stops sand flow from left to right. The next information that I am looking at is about Rhode Island, which is stating that the biggest change in the shorelines occur after a severe storm, such as any major hurricane or flood. If something like this happens then... [continues]
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