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Open house at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz. A cabin on Alaska's Arctic coast washed into the ocean after the bluff it was sitting on eroded away. Flooding on a road in Olympic National Park, Washington, on November 24, 2017. Photo by Andy Ritchie, USGS. Aerial photograph of Kwajalein Atoll showing its low-lying islands and coral reefs. Photo by Tom Reiss, USGS Aerial photograph of Kwajalein Atoll showing its low-lying islands and coral reefs. Photo by Tom Reiss, USGS Map of Alaska's north coast showing color-coded rates of shoreline erosion, which can lead to loss of habitat, cultural features, and infrastructure. Modified from the original assessment published in 2015. Inset: Polar bear on Barter Island, Alaska in September 2016 by Cordell Johnson, USGS. Coral collected from reef near polluted groundwater seeps, A, shows more erosion than coral collected away from seeps, B, in these CT scans and photographs. cm = centimeter. Photo shows two polar bears rummaging around the eroding coastal bluffs of Barter Island in northern Alaska in July of 2016. The bears triggered a motion-activated camera. Photo courtesy of Bruce Richmond, USGS. 3D point cloud images looking at the Mud Creek slide, first image from airplane photo and second from drone.

Open house at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz

USGS provides information about Alaska coastal change to Scientific American

Physical processes dominate channel evolution in Olympic National Park rivers—A reply

USGS geologist chairs discussion of issues facing Department of Defense installations in the Pacific and Arctic

Computer simulation predicts flooding on coral reef-lined coasts

Updated assessment of erosion rates on Alaska’s Arctic coast

Polluted groundwater threatens coral reefs

ABC News speaks to USGS researchers about Arctic coastal change

LA Times story about Big Sur landslide features quotes, imagery from USGS

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