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Return to Natural Disturbances to Estuaries

This pair of images iillustrates the destructive power that hurricanes can have on estuarine environments. This barrier island in Pine Beach, Alabama, was severed following Hurricane Ivan’s landfall in late 2004. The image on the left was taken on July 17, 2001. The image on the right was taken on September 17, 2004, soon after Hurricane Ivan reached the Alabama mainland.




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