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Islands on the move

Sea level rise causes barrier islands to migrate landward. Coastal evolution modelling reveals a centennial-scale lag in island response time and suggests migration rates will increase by 50% within the next century, even if sea level were to stabilize.

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Fig. 1: A view southward along rapidly migrating Wreck Island in Virginia, USA.

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Moore, L.J., Murray, A.B. Islands on the move. Nat. Geosci. 15, 602–603 (2022).

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