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Aerial view of the old runway now used for housing

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. The runway of the international airport, visible in the middle of this photograph, is now abandoned due to the encroaching waterline. It is now used the foundation for new houses and a new runway has been re-built lengthways along the island.

Year: 2010

From album: Climate change and Shishmaref, Alaska

Photographer: Lawrence Hislop

Tags: landscape sea

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