Let nature protect land against sea

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Research conducted by Wageningen University concludes that the fight against rising sea levels can in some places be best left to nature itself.

WAGENINEGEN - The research shows that as a result of prolonged gas extraction part of the northern island of Ameland has over the past 20 years dropped some 30 centimetres without becoming submerged.

The scientists attribute the phenomenon to the formation of silt deposits which are held in place by a variety of grasses.

They say the dropping ground levels on the island are comparable to the rising sea levels and so offer a reliable prediction model.

The researchers also note that dumping sand along the shore is a highly  effective way of helping nature to protect the land.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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