Barrier Island Change at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey

Animated time lapse of extensive island change between the years of 1930 and 2019.

Detailed Description

Aerial photos record 89 years of landscape change at the Little Beach barrier island in Atlantic County, New Jersey. The island, part of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, is one of the only stretches of wild coast remaining in the northern Mid-Atlantic region. It is continually reshaped by the interplay of hydrodynamic processes, sand supply, and vegetation.

All of the images are published through the New Jersey Geographic Information Network (NJGIN) and Atlantic County Office of Geographic Information Systems, at: and


Image Dimensions: 1000 x 682

Date Taken:

Location Taken: US


Images compiled by Daniel Ciarletta, USGS Research Geologist and Mendenhall Fellow.