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Sinking stones of the protective seawall, Shishmaref, Alaska

Sinking stones of the protective seawall, Shishmaref, Alaska

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Uploaded 21 Feb 2011 by Lawrence Hislop
Year: 2010 Taken by: Lawrence Hislop
In Shishmaref, Alaska, there is an ongoing battle with the rising sea. Seawalls made of various materials are being constructed as houses are undermined by severe erosion on the coastline. A wall made of sandbags was the first attempt to keep the water out. Local resident Heather ''Anunuk'' Sinnok shares her frustration as part of the <a href='http://www.manystrongvoices.org/portraits/shishmaref.aspx?id=4035'>Portraits of Resilience</a> project: ''How are sandbags going to help us? We’re ma ...
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