Virginia June 12, 2017
The Charming Island In Virginia That May Soon Disappear Forever
Since its discovery in the early 1600’s, the island of Tangier has held a special place in Virginia’s identity. Not only is this charming town a gorgeous place to visit, it also has an extensive history with crabbing, fishing, and the bay of water that may soon cause it to disappear. Here’s more on this unique island whose coastline is receding drastically every year:
Tangier is a tiny island in Accomack County located between mainland Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
Holding a population of 450 residents, the island is only a mile wide and stands just four feet above sea level.
Tangier's sandy foundation has struggled against the Chesapeake Bay's tidal cycle for the past century, yet rising sea levels and erosion are accelerating this rate of disappearance.
Since the 1850's, the town has lost over 65% of its land.
Parts of coastline that were visible as recently as October are already submerged, leaving some of Tangier's roads underwater.
It's estimated that nearly 15 feet of the coastline disappears each year, an alarming rate that is rightfully worrisome to residents of this fishing community.
The northern part of Tangier, known as the Uppards, has already been doomed to the fate of erosion.
What once stood as a thriving part of the island is now little more than a strip of sand, with occasional remnants of daily life washing ashore.
Residents of Tangier are all too aware of this crisis, yet all hope has not been abandoned.
Mayor James "Ooker" Eskridge is at the forefront of the "Save Tangier" movement, an effort to urge Congress to fund a seawall that would buy the island precious time against erosion.
Take a look at this video posted to YouTube by VICE News for more information:
Our thoughts are with the residents of Tangier who deal with this truly unnerving situation. To learn more about the island of Tangier, be sure to read this related article:
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