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Apr
2005

THE CLIMATE OF MAN - I

by ELIZABETH KOLBERT

Disappearing islands, thawing permafrost, melting polar ice. How the earth is changing.

Issue of 2005-04-25

Posted 2005-04-18

The New Yorker

The Alaskan village of Shishmaref sits on an island known as Sarichef, five miles off the coast of the Seward Peninsula. Sarichef is a small island—no more than a quarter of a mile across and two and a half miles long—and Shishmaref is basically the only thing on it. To the north is the Chukchi Sea, and in every other direction lies the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, which probably ranks as one of the least visited national parks in the country. During the last ice age, the land bridge—exposed by a drop in sea levels of more than three hundred feet—grew to be nearly a thousand miles wide. The preserve occupies that part of it which, after more than ten thousand years of warmth, still remains above water. [...] Read the rest at: http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?050425fa_fact3


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