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Monday, August 15, 2016

Changing Chesapeake: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Could Vanish

The Chesapeake Bay is swallowing up hundreds of acres of coastline so quickly experts say low-lying areas like Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge will probably vanish within our lifetimes.

“When we look at historical maps of the loss, it’s just dramatic,” says Matt Whitbeck, a supervisory biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

It’s happening because the land is sinking and the water is rising, according to Zoe Johnson with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

“The sinking is due to a process called glacial isostatic adjustment,” she explained. “The land is readjusting as the pressure from the glacial period about 18,000 years ago lifts.”



Anonymous said...

So if I give moe money to the government they could fix it???

Anonymous said...

No money can fix it<

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with spreading the dredge spoil on it. After all this is where it was in the first place before this so called glacial isostation adjustment(Global Warming).

Every time the tide rises and falls it takes something with it and this is what is filling in the shipping channels. Just spread it back where it came from.

Anonymous said...

18,000 years ago?

She is an idiot.
It is simply stupid to suggest that the land is sinking because of the glacier retreat from 18,000 years ago. She should be ashamed.