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9.08.2007

Global Warming and the Future of Florida's Coast

Sea-Level Rise, Coastal Erosion, and the Future of the Florida Coast

Thursday, September 13 at 7pm
FSU Marine Laboratory
3618 Highway 98, St. Theresa

Workshop presented by:
Dr.
Joseph Donoghue,Coastal Geologist, Florida State University
"Sea level in the Gulf of Mexico has been rising steadily since the peak of the last glacial age, about 20,000 years ago. At that time sea level in the Gulf stood about 130 meters (400 feet) lower than today. The Gulf shoreline at that time was near the outer edge of the continental shelf. The modern coastal features, including the barrier islands, estuaries, wetlands and deltas, are the result of a recent slowdown of sea level rise.

"The majority of shorelines of north Florida are considered to be critically eroding."

This lecture is part of a series presented by the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory.

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