Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Sandy Beaches: An Increasingly Rare Commodity?

One of the delights of our trip was walking long distances on the beaches of Vancouver Island at low tide.  They seemed to go on forever, with rocky outcroppings punctuating the landscape every kilometer or so. 

Such beaches are increasingly rare in places where tourist infrastructure has been developed to cater to beach lovers.  A recent New Yorker had an article about the problems of protecting the New Jersey shore, and the havoc wreaked by Hurrican Sandy last year. 

Today The New York Times reports that ocean-front communities in South Florida are running out of sand to rebuild the beaches for which they are famous.  "Where Sand Is Gold, the Reserves are Running Dry" says that "The problem has... been worsened by sea-level rise and the number of jetties, or cuts to build seaports, that have proliferated, which causes sand to pile up on one side of the jetty but not the other."

Don't mess with nature, in other words.  As if we haven't heard that before....

The photo was taken on Combers Beach when it was so foggy that we couldn't see the little off short islands where sea lions like to hang out.  We went back another day as the tide began to go out and were able to see them settling down for a rest through binoculars. 

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