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Relict Acropora palmata coral-reef framework in the Dry Tortugas National Park
June 19, 2018

Relict Acropora palmata coral-reef framework in the Dry Tortugas

Acropora palmata coral-reef framework in the Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida Keys built more than 3000 years ago. That framework, which serves as the foundation for all of the critical ecosystem services reefs provide to society, is now rapidly eroding away. The photograph was collected during fieldwork under permit DRTO-2018-SCI-0005 from the National Park Service.

Relict Holocene coral-reef framework in the Dry Tortugas National Park
June 19, 2018

Relict Holocene coral-reef framework in the Dry Tortugas National Park

Relict Holocene coral-reef framework in the Florida Keys. Like many reefs in the western Atlantic, reefs here were just a few coral species: primary Acropora palmata and Orbicella spp. Recent disturbances have led to declines in the populations of those corals and relative increases in the abundance of more weedy taxa. The photograph was collected during

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Photo of Wilderness Breach at Fire Island, NY
June 14, 2018

Wilderness breach at Fire Island in 2018

Breaching of Fire Island, NY occurred during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 (Wilderness Breach). Wilderness Breach in 2018 as seen from a low angle, note the other side of breached island is in the distance.

Driftwood on the edge of a sandy beach, against the background of the Fire Island breach
June 14, 2018

Driftwood on the edge of a sandy beach on Fire Island

Driftwood on the edge of a sandy beach, against the background of the Fire Island breach, with the other edge of the breach in the background.

Nearshore geophysical mapping at Fire Island
June 7, 2018

Nearshore geophysical mapping

Nearshore geophysical mapping with sub-bottom sled (foreground), personal watercraft equipped with echosounders (background, water) and beach-based personnel (background, beach).

Sandy barrier island with dunes near a sandy beach on one side, low vegetation in the middle, and a bay of water on the other.
June 3, 2018

West view of Fire Island, New York from the Fire Island Lighthouse

The Coastal Sediment Availability and Flux project conducts research and monitoring of sediment movement and coastal change at several barrier islands around the U.S. One of these research locations is Fire

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A boat operated by USGS staff tows an instrument that collects geophysical data in in the shallow shoreface near the beach.
June 2, 2018

USGS vessels and staff collecting geophysical data in the nearshore

USGS vessels and staff acquiring geophysical data in the nearshore. Collecting shoreface data in the water as close to the beach as possible is difficult with breaking waves. The USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center adapted existing equipment for data collection in shallow water. Here, the main boat tows the

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A boat operated by USGS staff tows an instrument that collects geophysical data in in the shallow shoreface near the beach
June 2, 2018

USGS vessels and staff collecting geophysical data in the nearshore

USGS vessels and staff acquiring geophysical data in the nearshore. Collecting shoreface data in the water as close to the beach as possible is difficult with breaking waves. The USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center adapted existing equipment for data collection in shallow water. Here, the main boat tows the

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Two scientists stand on board a small vessel on the water. One scientist stands on a sled with two pontoons next to the vessel
May 10, 2018

R/V Sallenger and seismic sled used for sub-bottom surveying

A team of USGS scientists work off the R/V Sallenger in Rockaway Beach, New York. One team member stands on a floating sled that enables sub‐bottom surveying in shallow water, nearshore, and shore‐face environments. The sled is equipped with an EdgeTech SB‐512i CHIRP system and single‐beam sonar. This equipment is used to collect seismic sub‐bottom profiles and single‐beam

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Elkhorn coral on a USGS calcification-assessment station in Dry Tortugas National Park
May 9, 2018

Elkhorn coral on a USGS calcification assessment station, Dry Tortugas

Established in 2009, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Coral Assessment Network (USGS-CAN) provides data on coral-growth (calcification) rates throughout the Florida Keys. Pictured here is one of 30 stations located in in Dry Tortugas National Park. The data document seasonal and spatial patterns in coral growth that correlate with ocean conditions and are used to guide the

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People watching a sunset at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, San Diego, CA
February 17, 2018

Sunset view at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, San Diego, CA

People watching a sunset at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, San Diego, California. These natural cliffs overlook the Pacific Ocean and are a popular location to watch the sunset.

Ground-penetrating radar equipment being towed along the ground behind the dunes at Fire Island, New York
January 30, 2018

Ground-penetrating radar equipment being towed along the ground

Fire Island is a 50-km long barrier island along the south shore of Long Island, NY. The island is comprised of seventeen year-round communities; federal, state, and county parks; and supports distinct ecosystems alongside areas of economic and cultural value. In addition to providing resources to its residents, the barrier island also protects the heavily-populated

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