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Knot, some still with their bright summer breeding plumage. A Redshank can be seen in the top left.

 

I spent a few hours in the late afternnon sunshine at Bamburgh Rocks just sitting by the rock pools watching the antics of a large flock of Knots with a mixture of Oystercatchers, Turnstones, Ringed Plovers and just a few Sandwich Terns. All but one of the Sandwich Terns headed out in search of food. I watched them diving into the sea and retrieving fish but they didn't return to the rocks.

 

Info from the RSPB.

The knot is a dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird. In winter, It is grey above and white below; in summer the chest, belly and face are brick-red. In flight, it shows a pale rump and a faint wing-stripe. It forms huge flocks in winter which wheel and turn in flight, flashing their pale underwings as they twist and turn. Many knots use UK estuaries as feeding grounds, both on migration and in winter, and therefore the population is vulnerable to any changes such as barrages, sea-level rises and human disturbance. Large numbers of birds visit the UK in winter from their Arctic breeding grounds.

But is the title really accurate now with climate change with scientists recently observing the presence of warm water at a vital point underneath the Thwaites Glacier, a part of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet?

 

Although not yet proven it points to the cause behind the gradual melting of this ice shelf while also raising concerns about sea-level rise around the globe (see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200129174526.htm).

 

So can we still believe in "forever" and "for eternity" now in relation to the biophysical world?

 

Time will tell! of course; as such, if we cannot then believe, perhaps we will then need titles like "The Shore of Immediacy" or "The Shore For Awhile" :)))

 

🎧 "Extinction" (Oceanvs Orientalis: soundcloud.com/oceanvsorientalis/vi-extinction

Now we come to two very telling photographs of the ancient geological history of this place. During the Pleistocene Ice Age, a small ice-cap existed on Ben Lomond, which was the only plateau in the north-east to be glaciated. The Pleistocene Epoch is typically defined as the time period that began about 2.6 million years ago and lasted until just over 11,000 years ago.

 

The most recent Ice Age in Tasmania ended about 14,000 years ago and the glacier crust on this mountain melted away (and contributed to the sea level rise that filled what we now call Bass Strait).

 

As I've mentioned before this mountain was formed at least 180 million years ago through dramatic volcanic activity. Australia is a very ancient continent, far older than most of Europe or North America. Most of its mountains have worn down through millions of years of erosion and glaciation. The highest mountainous regions of the world are actually the most recent.

 

So here we look out on what amounts to a dry glacial riverbed. You can imagine the glacier once moved very slowly carving out a path which we can still see.

In October 2013, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the province of Bohol, Philippines, causing the land to sink by around 1 metre. Combined with a hundred years’ worth of sea level rise, the earthquake had catastrophic consequences for the islands of Batasan, Pangapasan, Ubay and Bilangbilangan, which have experienced partial or complete flooding ever since.

 

More Info´s: furillen.org/2020/03/03/ubay-island/

 

LM: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Arcole/40/134/21

In October 2013, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the province of Bohol, Philippines, causing the land to sink by around 1 metre. Combined with a hundred years’ worth of sea level rise, the earthquake had catastrophic consequences for the islands of Batasan, Pangapasan, Ubay and Bilangbilangan, which have experienced partial or complete flooding ever since.

 

More Info´s: furillen.org/2020/03/03/ubay-island/

 

LM: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Arcole/40/134/21

The evolvement of dikes of carefully stacked clay to pile dikes into high-tech sensor dikes did not happen overnight. Already in Roman times, small dikes and dams were created. A look into the long Dutch tradition of dike building gives us insight on a deeply rooted culture of trial and error in a country where the sea level rises and the ground level is dropping. History shows that either a big flood or a tiny worm, but also national welfare can lead to big consequences and shifts in the flood protection system. Key moments in the ever evolving dike network are described over different dike periods.

Amsterdam Light Festival - “The ice is melting at the pøules!”, warned Danish Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009. His funny Danish pronunciation of the word ‘poles’ received more attention than the content of his message, minimising the urgency of the problem.

The Ice is Melting at the Pøules. Using two custom designed laser light machines, he creates a series of moving vertical lines based on British scientist Ed Hawkins’ beautiful ‘warming stripes’. These lines represent the global temperature rise over the past 169 years; blue is a relatively cool year, red a warm one. The stripes are alternated by a series of interlocked circles, depicting the rise of both temperature and CO2 levels worldwide. The changing height of the projection of both circles and stripes is, of course, also far from random: it corresponds to data on sea level rise.

 

Pfahlbauten als Schutz gegen steigenden Meeresspiegel?

Das Meer nähert sich den Pfahlbauten in Sankt Peter-Ording. Einige werden schon weiter landeinwärts wieder aufgebaut. Liegt es am steigenden Meeresspiegel oder nur an Wasserkraft, die sich immer mehr Sand in den Ozean spült?

 

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Ram Pasture Peak (10,430’ above sea level) rises above a field of blue penstemons(Penstemon cyaneus) and assorted other scattered flowers along the Beartooth Highway just east of Cooke City Montana. Just beyond the meadow, along the line of trees, is Soda Butte Creek. While the field of flowers is in Montana, Ram Pasture Peak lies in Wyoming. The top of the peak is composed of volcanics. It lies in the northern Absaroka Mountains.

Every year, during a couple of days in the rainy season, the streets of Can Tho in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta become flooded at high-tide. The floods have been getting worse in recent years, caused by a combination of subsidence and sea level rise.

 

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This shot is typical of much of the south coast. Across Bass Strait to the south lies my home in Tasmania. The average depth of Bass Strait is only 50 metres, which as any sailor will tell, makes for interesting seas in a storm.

 

About 10,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age, one could have walked across it since it was only with the sea level rises after the last ice age that Tasmania became an island. And we worry about the sea rising a metre or so today.

strong wind caused sea level rise and ice movement

Two days ago just about every major news organization in the world reported on a new study of rising sea levels which predicts that Bangkok will be under water in 30 years.

forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1131540-thailand-live-thursday-3...

www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2019/10/30/shocking-new-ma...

strong wind caused sea level rise and ice movement

(Ammospiza maritima). Jefferson County, Texas.

 

Seaside Sparrows inhabit saline and brackish marshes along the coasts of the Atlantic and he Gulf. They are more often heard than seen, and spend most of their lives hidden deep in the tangle of cordgrass and other marsh plants. They build their nests just a few inches above the high tide line and may forage on the ground in flats exposed at low tide. Though populations in Texas are seemingly stable and robust, they are at risk from habitat loss as high quality saltmarsh is being lost at an alarming rate from coastal development, sea level rise, and a variety of other factors.

The knot is a dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird. In winter, it is grey above and white below - in summer the chest, belly and face are brick-red. In flight, it shows a pale rump and a faint wing-stripe. It forms huge flocks in winter which wheel and turn in flight, flashing their pale underwings as they twist and turn. Many knots use UK estuaries as feeding grounds, both on migration and in winter, and therefore the population is vulnerable to any changes such as barrages, sea-level rises and human disturbance. Large numbers of birds visit the UK in winter from their Arctic breeding grounds.

Read more at www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a...

The knot is a dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird. In winter, it is grey above and white below - in summer the chest, belly and face are brick-red. In flight, it shows a pale rump and a faint wing-stripe. It forms huge flocks in winter which wheel and turn in flight, flashing their pale underwings as they twist and turn.

Many knots use UK estuaries as feeding grounds, both on migration and in winter, and therefore the population is vulnerable to any changes such as barrages, sea-level rises and human disturbance. Large numbers of birds visit the UK in winter from their Arctic breeding grounds (Courtesy RSPB).

 

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A flock of Crab Plovers (Dromas ardeola) was making noises and gathering towards a high-land during the tidal sea level rise. In black and white, they looked fabulous against the blue sea. However this was not easy as I have to travel miles on very rough sea beach filled with chest height tidal waters to reach their vicinity. Pics was taken from Jamnagar, Gujrat, India.

Galveston County, Texas.

 

Coastal habitats are among the most imperiled natural communities on earth. Coastal prairies, native woodlots, and salt marshes like the one pictured are at risk from development, change in land use, invasive species, and sea level rise.

 

I normally try to avoid including human elements in my habitat images, however I've included subtle hints of our encroachment in this image and the previous one. Along the distant horizon here you can see a line of luxury housing developments built adjacent to this estuarine habitat.

Big spring tides and low pressure gave the feeling at Dee that sea level rise has already occurred. One of those days where you feel the water is going to pour over the walls - a bit like a mini tsunami. Outside the harbour at Donaghadee. Not so much wind effect today. Although stronger the wind was in the south - for which I am sure the various shopkeepers are extremely grateful!

Tangier is a town in Accomack County Virginia on Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay. The island's landmass has been reduced by 67% since 1850. Due to sea level rise the town will likely need to be abandoned in the next 50 years as much of the remaining land is expected to be lost. Print Size 13x19 inches. Happy Fence Friday

Waterplace Park , Providence, Rhode Island. Unfortunately, beautiful city has been sinking at a rate of 4 inches per year, and with constant sea level rise, it will eventually be underwater!

@UN Climate Conference (COP23):

We should make every effort to prevent sea level rise !

 

Nature doesn't need us but we need nature (not only for taking nice pictures) !

Nature will go on, no matter what. It will evolve.

The question is, will it be with us or without us?

 

Drake Bay, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica

The Saltmarsh Sparrow is so named because it can be found in salt marshes along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. They build their nests in the marsh grasses just above the high tide mark, and amazingly they coordinate their nesting and breeding with the twice-monthly high tide cycles of the moon. Nest failure is sometimes caused by more frequent high tides or by storms. Of most concern is that their population has declined dramatically due to sea level rise and habitat loss. Scientists predict extinction of this species by 2050 if conservation efforts are not successful.

Dorchester County on Maryland's Eastern Shore has large land areas endangered by rising sea level.

What happens to mangroves when the sea level rises?

  

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CLIMATE DRIVEN SEA LEVEL RISE HAS BEEN GROSSLY UNDERESTIMATED

 

In reality, by 2050 ALL of Southern Vietnam and the heart of Shanghai, China as well as many of the other cities around it will be UNDERWATER. Long Beach to Newport Beach in greater Los Angeles will be UNDERWATER. Even portions of Philadelphia will be UNDERWATER.

 

The correct data set illuminates a crippling blow to global food security.

 

For a REVISED interactive map showing areas to be flooded by 2050 (in 30 yrs) go to:

 

coastal.climatecentral.org/map/8/100.6166/13.2746/?theme=...

 

For more information on the ERROR see:

 

www.democracynow.org/2019/10/31/chile_cancels_un_climate_...

   

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Tarawa Atoll in the Republic of Kiribati – a remote Pacific nation threatened by rising seas.

 

The Republic of Kiribati is an independent island nation consisting of some 33 atolls near the equator in the central Pacific. The islands are spread over approximately 3.5 million sq km of ocean, but with a total land area of only 800 sq km.

 

Tarawa Atoll, pictured here, lies approximately halfway between Hawaii and Australia. Tarawa consists of a large lagoon fringed by a V-shaped reef, around 35 km long, and is made up of more than 30 islets. Tarawa, the site of a brutal World War II battle, is divided into North and South Tarawa.

 

South Tarawa, is made up of a thin, string of islets joined by causeways and is home to more than half of Kiribati’s 100 000 citizens. Bonriki International Airport, serves as the main gateway to the country, and can be seen in the bottom right of the image.

 

Kiribati is one of the lowest-lying nations in the world, with many of the country’s atolls and coral islands rising no higher than 2 m above sea level – making them extremely vulnerable to sea level rise. Kiribati has already seen growing damage from storms and flooding. In 1999, two of the nation’s unpopulated islets, Tebua Tarawa and Abanuea, disappeared underwater entirely.

 

The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate on sea level rise states that the global mean sea level is likely to rise between 0.29 m and 1.1 m by the end of this century. While this may not sound like a lot, small island nations, including Kiribati, will face particularly devastating consequences.

 

Small changes in sea-level rise will not only cause flooding, erosion, soil contamination and coral degradation, but will ultimately shrink more of Kiribati’s land area – displacing many of its inhabitants.

 

It is vital that over the coming decades, the changing height of Earth’s sea surface continues to be closely monitored. Set to launch in November, the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will accurately measure changes in global sea level. Mapping up to 95% of Earth’s ice-free ocean every 10 days, it will provide key information on ocean currents, wind speed and wave height for maritime safety.

 

This new satellite will assume the role as a reference mission, continuing the ‘gold standard’ record for climate studies started in 1992 – extending the legacy of sea-surface height measurements until at least 2030.

 

This image, acquired on 14 June 2020, is also featured on the Earth from Space video programme.

 

Credits: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2020), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

 

I strongly recommend you all to take the time to explore the angles of The Islands that disappeared recreated by the amazing team that are Serene and Jade. They have created a sim called Chesapeake Bay that just highlights beautifully how nature will ultimately swallow us all. The sim highlights how the houses sank into the body of water with birds everywhere. Its nature is striking and powerful.

 

I stumbled upon this short video when I was looking into Chesapeake Bay's history and will add it here as I think it beautifully highlights how powerful nature is. The Ballad of Holland Island House is a "short animation made with an innovative clay-painting technique in which a thin layer of oil-based clay comes to vibrant life frame by frame. Animator Lynn Tomlinson tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. Told from the house's point of view, this film is a soulful and haunting view of the impact of sea-level rise."

 

Thank you to Serene and Jade for adding this sim to my must see list:)

 

I hope you are all well xoxo

  

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The Ballad of Holland Island House Short Animimation

  

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Sea water was in the news this week as an unusually high tide covered parts of US 80 between Tybee Island and Savannah. I took this shot of a normal high tide earlier in the year at Fort McAllister State Park.

The knot is a dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird. In winter, it is grey above and white below - in summer the chest, belly and face are brick-red. In flight, it shows a pale rump and a faint wing-stripe. It forms huge flocks in winter which wheel and turn in flight, flashing their pale underwings as they twist and turn.

Many knots use UK estuaries as feeding grounds, both on migration and in winter, and therefore the population is vulnerable to any changes such as barrages, sea-level rises and human disturbance. Large numbers of birds visit the UK in winter from their Arctic breeding grounds. They eat: Shellfish and worms (Courtesy RSPB).

 

Thanks for viewing my photos and for any favourites and comments, it’s much appreciated.

The knot is a dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird. In winter, it is grey above and white below - in summer the chest, belly and face are brick-red. In flight, it shows a pale rump and a faint wing-stripe. It forms huge flocks in winter which wheel and turn in flight, flashing their pale underwings as they twist and turn.

Many knots use UK estuaries as feeding grounds, both on migration and in winter, and therefore the population is vulnerable to any changes such as barrages, sea-level rises and human disturbance. Large numbers of birds visit the UK in winter from their Arctic breeding grounds. They eat: Shellfish and worms (Courtesy RSPB).

 

Thanks for viewing my photos and for any favourites and comments, it’s much appreciated.

The knot is a dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird. In winter, it is grey above and white below - in summer the chest, belly and face are brick-red. In flight, it shows a pale rump and a faint wing-stripe. It forms huge flocks in winter which wheel and turn in flight, flashing their pale underwings as they twist and turn.

Many knots use UK estuaries as feeding grounds, both on migration and in winter, and therefore the population is vulnerable to any changes such as barrages, sea-level rises and human disturbance. Large numbers of birds visit the UK in winter from their Arctic breeding grounds (Courtesy RSPB).

 

The knot is a dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird. In winter, it is grey above and white below - in summer the chest, belly and face are brick-red. In flight, it shows a pale rump and a faint wing-stripe. It forms huge flocks in winter which wheel and turn in flight, flashing their pale underwings as they twist and turn.

Many knots use UK estuaries as feeding grounds, both on migration and in winter, and therefore the population is vulnerable to any changes such as barrages, sea-level rises and human disturbance. Large numbers of birds visit the UK in winter from their Arctic breeding grounds. They eat: Shellfish and worms (Courtesy RSPB).

 

Thanks for viewing my photos and for any favourites and comments, it’s much appreciated.

The knot is a dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird. In winter, it is grey above and white below - in summer the chest, belly and face are brick-red. In flight, it shows a pale rump and a faint wing-stripe. It forms huge flocks in winter which wheel and turn in flight, flashing their pale underwings as they twist and turn.

Many knots use UK estuaries as feeding grounds, both on migration and in winter, and therefore the population is vulnerable to any changes such as barrages, sea-level rises and human disturbance. Large numbers of birds visit the UK in winter from their Arctic breeding grounds. They eat: Shellfish and worms (Courtesy RSPB).

 

Thanks for viewing my photos and for any favourites and comments, it’s much appreciated.

The knot is a dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird. In winter, it is grey above and white below - in summer the chest, belly and face are brick-red. In flight, it shows a pale rump and a faint wing-stripe. It forms huge flocks in winter which wheel and turn in flight, flashing their pale underwings as they twist and turn.

Many knots use UK estuaries as feeding grounds, both on migration and in winter, and therefore the population is vulnerable to any changes such as barrages, sea-level rises and human disturbance. Large numbers of birds visit the UK in winter from their Arctic breeding grounds. They eat: Shellfish and worms (Courtesy RSPB).

 

Thanks for viewing my photos and for any favourites and comments, it’s much appreciated.

The knot is a dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird. In winter, it is grey above and white below - in summer the chest, belly and face are brick-red. In flight, it shows a pale rump and a faint wing-stripe. It forms huge flocks in winter which wheel and turn in flight, flashing their pale underwings as they twist and turn.

Many knots use UK estuaries as feeding grounds, both on migration and in winter, and therefore the population is vulnerable to any changes such as barrages, sea-level rises and human disturbance. Large numbers of birds visit the UK in winter from their Arctic breeding grounds (Courtesy RSPB).

 

Thanks for viewing my photos and for any favourites and comments, it’s much appreciated.

The Reddish Egret is one of the rarest egrets in North America. It's easily distinguished from other egrets and herons by its shaggy appearance, hyperactive feeding behavior, and pink-and-black bill.

Reddish Egret numbers in the U.S. were decimated by plume hunters in the 19th century, and populations never fully recovered. Like Snowy and Wilson's Plovers, this species is dependent on coastal habitats for successful foraging and breeding—the same areas that are vulnerable to sea level rise caused by climate change. Habitat loss is another problem for this bird.

Sea-level rise solution.

 

Gracias antesjota por tu estupendo comentario.

 

Looking towards Holkham Gap from one of the small dune systems that have grown in the bay over the last 60 or 70 years. The dark areas along the horizon are the Corsican pines planted to stabilise the much older dunes in the 19th century. In the 1960s the whole beach was sandy but much of the area behind the newer dunes has begun to accumulate mud and transform into salt marsh. This process may well be halted by sea level rise.

Wake up call given out by this Knot (Calidris canutus) as I edged closer...this meant that half the flock of birds I was watching scooted over to the next rock pool island. There is always one keeping a beady eye on you! :))

 

Have a lovely Sunday everyone, have fun :))

 

Info from the RSPB.

The knot is a dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird. In winter, It is grey above and white below; in summer the chest, belly and face are brick-red. In flight, it shows a pale rump and a faint wing-stripe. It forms huge flocks in winter which wheel and turn in flight, flashing their pale underwings as they twist and turn. Many knots use UK estuaries as feeding grounds, both on migration and in winter, and therefore the population is vulnerable to any changes such as barrages, sea-level rises and human disturbance. Large numbers of birds visit the UK in winter from their Arctic breeding grounds.

"Sea level rise is like an invisible tsunami, building force while we do almost nothing." -- Benjamin H. Strauss, scientist and one of the authors of a new papers on the risk of sea level rise

The Reddish Egret is one of the rarest egrets in North America. It's easily distinguished from other egrets and herons by its shaggy appearance, hyperactive feeding behavior, and pink-and-black bill.

Reddish Egret numbers in the U.S. were decimated by plume hunters in the 19th century, and populations never fully recovered. Like Snowy and Wilson's Plovers, this species is dependent on coastal habitats for successful foraging and breeding—the same areas that are vulnerable to sea level rise caused by climate change. Habitat loss is another problem for this bird.(American Bird Conservancy)

 

Uldale Head at 1745 feet above sea level rises gradually from Gaisgill near Tebay but tumbles steeply to Carlin Gill. A lovely day to be up on the fells - sunshine, gin clear and a cool breeze.

 

Looking down to the M6 and the West Coast Main Line as 46115 Scots Guardsman smoked into the Lune Gorge hauling the Cumbrian Mountain Express. In the background is the red sandstone Lowgill Viaduct built in 1859 for the Ingleton branch line of the London and North Western Railway.

Sea-level rise over the past 10,000 years is recorded in Cardigan Bay, off the western seaboard of Wales, UK. Peat-beds complete with the remains of trees are today exposed over low tide along several of the Bay's beaches. Incredibly, a new exposure of peat has recently yielded human footprints, made some 3000 years or more ago by the people who witnessed the final stages of the drowning of the land.

So-called Submerged Forests are known from various parts of the world, but the one at Borth, on the Cardigan Bay Coast of Wales, is a particularly fine example. Every winter, after storms have scoured away parts of its extensive sands, large areas of peat appear, littered with fallen tree-trunks and with stumps in growth position. Although it is sometimes referred to as the "Fossil Forest", the wood is not fossilised as such: it looks and feels just like what one might expect waterworn and waterlogged wood to look and feel like. The peat is hard and compact: walking on its surface barely leaves a mark.

The basal peat, upon which the tree-stumps are situated, is around 6,500 years old. Above it, where erosion has not removed it, there lies a layer of bluish-grey clay and, at the south end of the beach, atop the clay is a second, thinner peat. The succession records the transition from forest to salt-marsh, between 6,500 and 3,000 years ago, which is late Mesolithic through to mid Bronze Age. It is thought that, originally, the coastline, with its shingle storm-beach and dunes, was over a kilometre to the west (seawards): during this period, the storm-beach advanced towards the land and its immediate hinterland became salt-marsh: the trees became waterlogged with brackish water and died. The retreat of the coast would likely have continued were it not for the establishment of the fishing-village of Borth and various sea-defences. Local people living here are constantly reminded of sea-level rise when they look out across the beach at low tide and see the trees emerging from the waves.

Source: skepticalscience.com/the-forest-beneath-the-sea.html

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