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7 places forever changed by eco-disasters

By: Catie Leary on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:21 p.m.
Newtok, Alaska

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Newtok, Alaska

The indigenous Yup'ik eskimos of Alaska are abandoning their coastal village of Newtok for safer ground after flooding and erosion has gradually overwhelmed the land. The problem is caused by warming temperatures that melt frozen sub-soils and coastal ice shelves, which also help protect the village during storm surges. The island's 340 residents will be relocated nine miles away, up the Ninglick River.