Archive - Coastal Erosion in Maine

October 17, 2020


Every weekend we present a notable item from our archives. This EPOD was originally published October 18, 2003.

Provided by: Joel McCabe
Summary author: Rob Jones

The above aerial photo was taken from a powered-parachute near Eastport, Maine -- the eastern-most U.S. port on the Atlantic Ocean. The picturesque summer cottage was built in the 1880s. Although the dwelling and peninsula that it's situated upon survived with little change from the 1880s through the 1960s, the past three decades have brought extensive erosion to the peninsula. While this has primarily been due to rising sea levels, coastal areas in this portion of Maine are known to be subsiding. This photo shows the peninsula after extensive erosion control work was completed. The grove of trees, which includes mugo pines (pinus mugo), also helps stem erosion.

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