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10 threatened U.S. coastlines

By: Katherine Butler on July 5, 2012, 12:09 p.m.
Cape Spencer, Alaska

Photo: Sam Beebe, Ecotrust/Flickr

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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. Luckily, marine advocacy and conservation alliances abound to preserve these coastlines. 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. Glacier Bay National Park is accepting volunteers for its preservation program — or donations if you’re feeling less inclined to brave an Alaskan winter. (Text: Katherine Butler)