Shifting Sands by Resa Weber

Change in nature is constant.  Living on a barrier island made up of sand, we are highly susceptible to changes. Along the beach the sand is always in motion.  Wallace Kaufman writes, “Sand settles out in the deep oceans, or blows inland from the beach, or moves laterally in the surf zone.”  After hurricane Irene Trinity Center and Sound to Sea had to adapt.  “Dunes protect barrier islands from wind, waves and storms, much as the barrier islands protect the mainland from these forces.”  The hurricane quickly displaced these protective dunes off our coast.

To rebuild that sand shield along the beach, the town of Pine Knoll Shores recently funded the placement of soft stabilization measures.  Sand fences and new sea oats were planted across the supra tidal zone to begin the collection of fine sand particles over time, thus creating an addition to the foundation for primary dunes.  Sound To Sea instructors have the chance to teach students of importance of dunes and the environmental consequences of stabilization measures.  Change in nature is constant.  Yet as Kaufman writes, “The Taoists of ancient China are also right: all change is an illusion.”

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