02 Apr '12, 3pm

One Year Later: Midway Atoll Still Taking Tally of Tsunami's Effects

One Year Later: Midway Atoll Still Taking Tally of Tsunami's Effects

That's because Charlie Hotel, once a military barrack, was out of the wash zone for the waves. It was noticed that along areas where native vegitation has been restored, the waves were not as destructive. For instance, one stretch of beach near two buildings (and near Charlie Hotel), the Clipper House, a dining hall, and Captain Brooks, the island's pub, had been replanted with naupaka , a plant that helps build up sand dunes. As it grows, sand blown by the wind piles up around its base. The plant then grows a little taller, and a little more sand piles up. Soon, it has helped to establish larger dunes. Those dunes serve as protection against events just like this. The areas directly behind the dunes were not as affected thanks to the vegetation and dunes acting as a buffer. There are ongoing efforts to clear beach areas of non-native vegitation and replant naupaka, and th...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/one-year-later...

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