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Coastal Erosion Study Begins at Cape Hatteras
Released: 1/25/2010 9:00:00 AM

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Editors: We request that you print the following as a public service. Opportunities will be available to interview scientists and to film and photograph activities during the study.

Starting February 1, some unusual looking equipment will be on the beach between the former site of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, south to access ramp 45. This equipment is part of a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) coastal erosion research study, under special use permit from the National Park Service. The goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of how to predict the hazards of beach erosion.

Scientists will have equipment at about 17 sites offshore, in the surf zone, and on the beach. The equipment will be marked and signs will be posted on the beach throughout the month of February.

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