Barrier Island Prepares for More Sea-Level Rise, Worsening Storms


Teague island is known for its beaches hiking birdwatching and wild horses the uninhabited island off of maryland. And virginia's coast drew almost two and a half million visitors last year but acid sands are shifting underfoot when a storm hits. Strong winds and waves can carve inlets into the island and change the shape of beaches and storm. Surges can wash sand from the ocean side beach farther inland so over time. The island shifts. The northern portion of the island has moved about a half mile to the west in about the last forty years. Hugh hawthorne is superintendent of acid island national seashore. He says some movement is normal but as sees rise and storms get more intense. The rate of change is speeding up so the park service is working to adapt. Its facilities is now making restrooms and lifeguard towers portable so they can be moved to new locations as the island shifts. And hawthorne's says the park. Service plans to relocate. Its oceanside campground farther west. The island may change the way we manage. It may change but we expect acetate island national seashore to be here for a time.

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