Fire Island, New York 1994 - 2014

Two aerial images of a barrier island, in 1994 and 2014. There is a breach in the island in 2014 that was not present in 1994.

Detailed Description

Fire Island, New York is sparsely populated and regularly nourished, but has few modifications that impede natural sediment exchanges. Shoreface geomorphology reflects past periods of seaward progradation and alongshore extension resulting in a relatively sediment-rich shoreface. USGS scientists collect geologic and morphologic data from this island’s shoreface. The shoreface is an important driver of barrier island evolution, as it exchanges sediment with beaches & dunes during storms and drives the long-term response of the barrier to sea level rise.


Image Dimensions: 756 x 1041

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Location Taken: US