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Aerial view of Shishmaref

Aerial view of Shishmaref

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Uploaded 14 Dec 2009 by Lawrence Hislop
Year: 2010 Taken by: Lawrence Hislop
This image is of the village of Shishmaref in N. Alaska, which has been inhabited for 400 years and is a small, low-lying island 400m wide and 4km long situated off the North-East coast of Alaska. Shishmaref is facing evacuation due to rising temperatures which are melting and destroying the protective barrier of sea ice that keeps sea surges away from the island. At the same time, the melting of Permafrost further destabilises the shoreline, making it more vulnerable to erosion. As h ...
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