Skip to comments.Sea Is Swallowing Alaskan Town
Posted on 12/05/2009 6:10:37 AM PST by gusopol3
Shishmaref, Alaska (Dec. 3) -- When the arctic winds howl and angry waves pummel the shore of this Inupiat Eskimo village, Shelton and Clara Kokeok fear that their house, already at the edge of the Earth, finally may plunge into the gray sea below. "The land is going away," said Shelton Kokeok, 65, whose home is on the tip of a bluff that's been melting in part because of climate change. "I think it's going to vanish one of these days."
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Movement of he Tectonic Plates makes coast rise and fall.
Erosion has been occurring since the earth existed.
Climate change is part of nature.
To conclude that man had anything to do is hogwash!
Heres an idea, MOVE THE Village.
They had a lot of people at the New Jersey shore convinced that cool ocean temps this summer were due to melting of the polar ice cap.
Or you could move your hut. I know...Will the USA Gov pay for your move??
"I told you not to move the shack closer to the fishing spot!"
“Permafrost once helped anchor the town, but global warming is melting it, making the ground less stable.”
Uhhhh....seems to me that periods of THAW would be when permafrost is prolific (*NOT* during freeze, unless permafrost is some sort of magic vegetation that only grows when frozen, LOL)
The new claim is that this decade has seen record warming even though for years it's actually been cooling.
I think the so called scientists moved more of their their temperature gauges to airport runways and air conditioner exhausts in order to get the temp readings they want in time for Copenhagen.
To conclude that man had anything to do is hogwash!
The Lame Stream Media are experts at washing hogs!
This is a picture of the structure in question. Notice the piles of rocks to the right and the fact that the water in the front is not part of the ocean.
BULL! If there’s anything to it, it’s Plate Tectonics.
“I think it’s going to vanish one of these days.”
Oh yes, it most certainly will...one of these days.
The Grand Canyon was once just a creek running along a plain.
But Global Warming is now known to be a fraud, so these long-queued stories are almost comical.
Beach Erosion is not the same thing as Global Warming -- though they want us to think so.
He’s an idiot. The land isn’t going away. The sea is coming in.....
This may be why the media were so acute to attribute “scare tactics” to Bush’s claim of WMD in Iraq, and subsequent concern every time “terrorism” is mentioned.They use them all the time and project their own methods onto everybody else.
“Uhhhh....seems to me that periods of THAW would be when permafrost is prolific (*NOT* during freeze, unless permafrost is some sort of magic vegetation that only grows when frozen, LOL)”
Hey Einstein, permafrost is NOT a plant. Permafrost is frozen ground!
They’ve had to move a lot of old lighthouses on the East Coast further inland because of erosion that has nothing to do with Global Warming. The Dutch and other sensible people don’t take erosion laying down, they build breakwaters and fight back. In this insane country the self styled environmentalists have demonized what everywhere and previously were known as simple civil engineering steps. We’d rather watch Cape Code cumble into the sea.
I remember when they rolled back the light house.
Gee, it couldnt possibly be that we had a cool summer this year.
Probably not related to permafrost.
As a game biologist for the Alaskan department of Fish and game, I lived on both Little Diomede Island and Shishmaref while working on walrus migrations and seal harvests. Shishmaref is one of the most lonely and barren little coastal communities. Barely elevated out of the sea the main village was located close to the water to facilitate their boating, hunting and fishing. At low tide the boats are stranded for hundreds of meters off the shoreline. The shore is open and exposed and was being rapidly eroded by storms for years. It doesn’t surprise me.
Your tax dollars at work!
That looked like dirt to me and as far as I know, dirt doesn't melt........
I think its natural erosion similar to what causes cliff houses in California to fall into the ocean following bad storms.......
I live just up the Bay from this Island . In my youth it was much larger, when the first Catholic Mass in America was said there ,it was said that this Island was 400 acres. Now it is 40.
Another Island off it’s shore has been swallowed up, it wasnt Global Warming it was the natural tendecy of water to wash away the shore along the shoreline. My own property has the same problem, Thats what the rock and seawall are trying to defeat. Its called erosion. not Global Warming and it has been going on for thousands of years.
Sea levels have been rising at a constant 0.078 inches a year for the last 100 years with no significant change of rate during that 100 years.
This story is total BS.
All we need to do, then, is to send money to the Great White Father and sacrifice a gaot.
"Its 600 residents endure temperatures that drop to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. Polar bear sightings are common. Water is scarce. There's no plumbing in most homes; ice is harvested from lakes in microwave-size blocks and melted in buckets. No roads connect Shishmaref to the outside world."
Or maybe a goat.
Is not this town on a barrier island?
“...whose home is on the tip of a bluff that’s been melting in part because of climate change...”
Does land MELT??? Or is it because you’ve built on ICE?
Classic case of “doctor, it hurts when I do THIS... What should I do?”
Is there an aerial view of Shelton Kokeok’s home? I wonder how much he was paid to make this claim - I seem to remember a similar story from several years ago.
Climate does change as nature works her wonders...so that is true...however it does not change the way the global warming nits would have you believe - even Governor Schwarzenegger is making a ridiculous claim....that news was part of a series on the history channel showing what would happen "IF" an earthquake caused a tsunami that would hit the SanFran shore......I shudder to think we elect and we pay these people.........
Saw one of these “fine” citizens on Alaska Highhway Patrol, drunk as a hant and cussin everyone.
Betn they are all on the dole.
Morris says the changes in Shishmaref — the melting sea ice, the disappearing seals and polar bears, the crumbling coastline — are beyond the village’s control
Polar bear sightings are common. HMMMMMMMMMM? Reads suspiciously like the have it both ways society. There’s another “little” issue in there as well, the supply of dried seal meat, by the house. How does that square with the disappearing seals Huh?
“All we need to do, then, is to send money to the Great White Father and sacrifice a gaot.
That must have been in the pre Barak Hussein Obama era.
Probably better to send money and Larry Sinclair.
Indeed the same thing happened in lake Michigan in 67&68 waves pummel the shore many homes lost or moved and it stopped,nothing new it’s called nature at work.
Pretty well, when you think about it.
And fon’t forget to add it is a ‘barrier island’ made of (gasp) sand.
The CoE ans already wasted millions of shore protection and other schemes.
And now, millins more to move the village.
Not near enough ghost towns in Alaska.
No more than all the Bubbas taking the dole in Ta-has.
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