Salt marshes will vanish in less than a century if seas keep rising and California keeps building, study finds

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Graphic Source: USGS, OpenStreetMap, NextZen
Initially reported by Rosanna Xia in the Los Angeles Times, t​he few remaining salt marshes along the coast of California could rapidly disappear within just 100 years according to researchers, such as UCLA geography professor Glen MacDonald. ​Due to rising sea levels as well as continued transportation and structural developments on the shore, marshes cannot naturally migrate inland quick enough and are being destroyed by the ocean. The elimination of these marshes could cause numerous detrimental effects to the environment such as microecosystem destruction, increased risk of flooding, increased oceanic urban runoff, and less clean air.

 

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Source Los Angeles Times

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