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Comment: 26:06 - 26:57 (00:51)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed 24, Waves, Beaches and Coasts
Keywords: "James Sadd", coastline, landscape, humans, beach, geologist, "geologic hazard"
Our transcription: Although the coastline appears to be a stable and permanent fixture of the landscape, it's in fact a place of inevitable change.
When people choose to live here, they become subject to that change and run the risk of losing everything, either suddenly or steadily over time.
Permanent protection for coastal development simply doesn't exist.
And many protection schemes actually degrade the quality of the beach that attracted people here in the first place.
As the result, it's becoming increasingly important to develop a wise coastal management policy that incorporates the most current scientific knowledge with the needs of the environment and of our community.
It's clear that there's a significant role for geologists and indeed for all of us to play in learning to protect the coastline for ourselves and for future generations.
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