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Post-Sandy Survey Shows a Polluted but Generally Intact Barrier System off Long Island

Post-Sandy Survey Shows a Polluted but Generally Intact Barrier System off Long Island

As coastal communities continue to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, scientists at this week’s annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union offer some encouraging news: The storm did not seriously damage the offshore barrier system that controls erosion on Long Island.

Survey Reveals Extent of Hurricane Ike’s Underwater Damage to Galveston

Conducting a rapid response research mission after Hurricane Ike, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin surveyed the inlet between Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, discovering the hurricane significantly reshaped the seafloor and likely carried an enormous amount of sand and sediment out into the Gulf.