Geologic Origins: Tracking geologic change along Cape Cod

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Rob Thieler, Center Chief of the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, contributed to the January 8, 2021 article, Cape Cod: Shipwrecks, Dune Shacks, and Shifting Sands. Living in Geologic Time: How long will the cape keep its fist raised against the waves?  in Eos; Science News by AGU.  

Learn more about Cape Cod, the skinny, crooked peninsula created by glaciers during the last ice age and sculpted into its present-day form by rising sea levels. 

Waves break between houses in Sandwich, MA

Waves break between houses on White Cap Path in Sandwich, MA near high tide on Friday, March 2, 2018

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The house with the USGS BeachCam is in the center of this image, taken Feb. 14, 2017 after a much smaller Noreaster.

The house with the USGS BeachCam is in the center of this image, taken Feb. 14, 2017 after a much smaller Noreaster. Visible in the foreground on the left are the remnants of the artificial dune (completely removed by the March 2018 storm), and on the right is the engineered protection put in place by private property owners. 

(Credit: Peter Traykovski, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Public domain.)