"On The Edge Of Retreat"

"An island community moved to the mainland. Now the fast-rising sea is following — a warning for the rest of the East Coast."

"A century ago, about 250 people lived on Hog Island, a seven-mile expanse off the Virginia coast. They raised livestock and gathered oysters. They lived in a town called Broadwater, worked at the lighthouse and Coast Guard station, and danced at night in a social hall called the Red Onion.

But that was back when there was still soil beneath their feet.

Historical maps show Hog Island’s shoreline was already retreating over a century ago. Seas were rising slowly then, in part due to sinking land, the legacy of the last major ice age."

Chris Mooney, Zoeann Murphy, and Simon Ducroquet report for the Washington Post November 28, 2022.


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Source: Washington Post, 11/29/2022