Friday, August 7, 2009

The case of the disappearing Cape Cod beaches

Kate Holmquist of the Irish Times reports on the disappearance of Cape Cod beaches which she remembers from childhood. And Boston gets the blame:

The “conservationists” in Boston – there’s an edge to the way he pronounces this plural noun – started the problem 40 years ago when they built a jetty about 2km to the southeast to protect an endangered bog. Cockle Cove started changing shape as the sea dumped sand to the northwest, enlarging the beach there. One thing led to another, with sand being pumped by the town from here to there, and more breakwaters being built. It wasn’t nature at all that did this, he thinks.

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