Photo Essay: An Old-Growth Forest Near New York City Faces Storms and Sea-Level Rise

Centuries-old trees on a peninsula near New York City could provide an important record of past storms. Researchers recently traveled there to sample the trees before they are wiped out by rising seas and powerful storms.

Kevin Krajick
December 03, 2019

New Jersey’s Sandy Hook peninsula lies within sight of New York City. Here, researcher Nicole Davi of William Paterson University and Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is studying trees dating as far back as the early 1800s. They have survived modern development, but rising seas and more powerful storms, both fueled by climate change, could eventually spell their end. (All photos: Kevin Krajick/Earth Institute)  READ THE FULL SCIENTIFIC STORY

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