Sea to shining sea
America’s 95,000 miles of coastlines are among the most scenic on the planet, from sandy white beaches to lush marshes to rocky cliffs. And yet, our coasts remain threatened. Coastal habitats can be destroyed by development, overfishing, pollution and even the dredging of sea canals. A proposal from the Trump administration would open up almost all of the country's water territories to offshore drilling. Luckily, marine advocacy and conservation alliances abound to preserve these coastlines, not to mention politicians not keen on the Trump administration's plans. We've rounded up 10 compelling examples of American shores in jeopardy with information on some of the organizations that are trying to help
Pictured here is Alaska's Cape Spencer, a glacial-carved fjord system located in Glacier Bay National Parks System. According to the National Parks Conservation Association, the area that is now Glacier Bay National Park was once a glacier that was 4,000 feet thick and stretching for more than 100 miles. Icebergs continue to break off into the park's bays.
This story has been updated with new information since it was originally published in July 2012.