Feb 15

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Causes of Erosion

Eroding Great Lakes shorelines… learn more:

Erosion on Lake Erie, east of Vermillion, Ohio (via The Army Corps or Engineers).

The Great Lakes coastal shorelines are eroding.

“Sometimes it’s slow and you might not even be thinking about it, and other times it can be a very rapid and scary,” Michael Mohr of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

He says ice, wind, and waves cause erosion…but storms can really speed things up.

“And the storm intensity and its duration affects how much erosion can occur,” says Mohr.

The effects are costly: shrinking land, homes at risk, and decreased property values.

Shoreline development can compound and accelerate the problem. So it’s important for coastal areas to consider erosion during planning.

Get Schooled:

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Michael Mohr explains how the water levels of the Great Lakes affects the waves that cause erosion:

Watch more:

Watch a segment on how to protect Great Lakes shore property on WWNY TV 7(via New York Sea Grant):

The fine print:

  • This segment was produced with Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and supported by agreement with New York Sea Grant, funds provided by the Environmental Protection Fund under the authority of the New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this broadcast are those of the originators and do not necessarily reflect the views of Stony Brook University or New York Sea Grant.



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