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Beach Erosion A Problem for All Grace Samuel Cause and Effect Word Count 666 November 8 2000 Beach Erosion A Problem for All Living only a few miles from the great Atlantic Ocean the beach is a place where I have spent many days of my life I have watched tremendous storms with powerful surf and fierce winds eat away the shoreline But to society there is no cost comparable to beachs pleasures It seems in the 1990s everyone wants that exclusive ocean view but few realize the potential costs in lives money and property And the ultimate cost of such coastal development experts say is the beach itself Warren 1999 p1 Many lives have been lost to erosion From houses lost in the surf to giant waves crashing through town A tragedy like this happened in Galveston Texas A hurricane hit this small town in 1990 and killed 6000 people a massive sea wall was then constructed to help prevent another tragedy like that from happening again Nash 1996 p18 Erosion causes a higher percentage of damage to society then one might think because nearly half of the countrys 238 million people live on only 11 percent of the nations land--the land in coastal counties Nash 1996 p18 Erosion is very costly do to efforts trying to prevent and or fix erosion On the other hand the beach also generates money from tourists Contributing about 170 billion annually to the economy society can afford to fix the problem of erosion In New Jersey the Department of Environmental Services installed the STABLERTM Disc Erosion Control System Resembling a flexible chain of large concrete discs it has helped the erosion crisis in New Jersey Public Works 1997 p 39 But before long in New Jersey the state and all federal taxpayers will soon be shelling out 9 billion to pump sand from offshore areas onto 127 miles of sand-starved beaches Warren 1999 p3 The
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