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Uploaded on Monday 21 Feb 2011 by Lawrence Hislop

Sinking stones of the protective seawall, Shishmaref, Alaska

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 Portraits of Resilience project: ''How are sandbags going to help us? We’re made out of sand!! We had such high hopes for the second wall made of cement blocks.'' The second wall also had little success, and is now sinking into the soft permafrost of the island.
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