Monday, April 16, 2007

The New Coastline Arrives

Just two days after we marched down Commercial Street to demonstrate what a modest rise in sea-level would do to the coast of Portland, a powerful Nawth-Eastah combined with astronomical high tides to actually flood parts of Portland's waterfront (pictured: Portland Pier, courtesy of the Press Herald).

The storm surge added two feet to an already high tide, inundating several of Portland's wharves as well as parts of Bayside and Baxter Boulevard. As coastal geologist Peter Slovinsky noted on Saturday, Maine's sea levels are already on the rise, and continued greenhouse gas pollution will only increase the incidence and severity of these floods.

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