Sea Level Rise Threatens to Wipe Out West Coast Wetlands

Sea level rise is accelerating, and natural and man-made barriers block the ability of many wetlands on the U.S. West Coast to move inland with the tide. Credit: Tracie Hall/CC-BY-SA-2.0

Unless people intervene, U.S. Pacific Coast marshes could vanish as the ocean rises, eliminating wildlife habitat, storm surge protection and carbon storage.

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