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

by |December 3, 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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A 65-acre patch of old-growth hollies and red cedars has survived on Sandy Hook, long protected by the peninsula's status as a military base. It has now been converted to parkland. In a low-lying spot, tree-ring researcher Nicole Davi regards the hulks of trees probably killed by saltwater intrusion in recent years.

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