06 Jun '11, 12pm

As Arctic Sea Ice Retreats, Storms Take Toll on the Land

As Arctic Sea Ice Retreats, Storms Take Toll on the Land For millennia, the blanket of ice covering the Arctic Ocean protected the shore from damaging storms. But as that ice buffer disappears, increasingly powerful storm surges are eroding the coastline and sending walls of seawater inland, devastating Arctic ecosystems that support abundant wildlife. by ed struzik In the summer of 2000, Canadian park warden Angus Simpson and his colleagues were camped along the north coast of the Yukon Territory near the Alaskan border, conducting a survey of archeological sites. With little warning, a powerful storm blew in, driving a surge of water from the Beaufort Sea onto the land and forcing Simpson’s group to make a harrowing trip through 12-foot high waves to get to safety on Herschel Island, a few miles off the coast. At the height of the gale, Inuit families camped on low-lying...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/as_arctic_sea_ice_retreats_s...

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