Posted by: Michael Ritter PhD | September 27, 2008

Alaska’s Eroding Arctic Coast

New York Times reporter Andrew C. Revkin interviewed Cameron Wobus, a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences about erosion along Alaska’s  Arctic ocean coastline.  The video clip below shows the crumbling coastline between late June through late July of 2008. The coastal erosion is due more to thawing than wave action. Wobus suspects climate change to be largely responsible for the increasing rate of erosion recently recorded.

Read New York Times article

The Physical Environment Textbook Links: Weathering, Erosion, and Mass Movement, Oceans and Coastal Systems, Climate Change: Global Warming

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