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Retreat from a Rising SeaHard Choices in an Age of Climate Change$
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Orrin H. Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, and Keith C. Pilkey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168441

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168441.001.0001

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Ghosts of the Past, Promise of the Future

Ghosts of the Past, Promise of the Future

(p.155) 11 Ghosts of the Past, Promise of the Future
Retreat from a Rising Sea

Orrin H. Pilkey

Linda Pilkey-Jarvis

Keith C. Pilkey

Columbia University Press

Since the Roman invasion 2,000 years ago, the Holderness Coast has moved back 2 to 3 miles. In the process, 28 small towns fell into the sea and now reside on the continental shelf. This extraordinarily well-documented history indicates that shoreline change is a long-term problem not to be solved by mere seawalls and beach replenishment.

Keywords:   Holderness Coast, Yorkshire Coast, Ravenser Odd, 1953 Dutch storm, 1962 Ash Wednesday storm, lost towns

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