April 19, 1992 |
From the top of the Great Mosque's minaret, a crumbling shaft of mud and splintered beams, this legendary desert town seems to be melting in the sun. "They call it the gateway to the Sahara," says Nouh Aginfa Yattara, pointing to the great yellow stretches just to the north. "Of course, it was a much richer city once. " For centuries, the name Timbuktu has symbolized the essence of remoteness, mystery and exotic wealth. It's still remote (only two flights a week from Mali's capital, or a two- day jeep trek through bandit country across the trackless desert)
September 19, 2005 |
For the year-round residents of the Jersey Shore 43 years ago, a ferocious Ash Wednesday northeaster was their Katrina. Up and down the 127-mile New Jersey coast, sand dunes were the only defense between people and the sea. More ruinous than any hurricane ever to hit New Jersey, the March 1962 storm brought nearly nine-foot flood tides that kept the barrier islands underwater for three days. The storm caused more than a billion dollars in damage at the Shore and affected coastal areas from Long Island to the Carolina coast.
January 26, 2013 |
ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, N.J. - One of New Jersey's favorite swimming, fishing, and bird-watching spots is back in business. Island Beach State Park occupies the southernmost end of a barrier island pummeled by Sandy in October. Like many of the island's communities, including Seaside Heights, Ortley Beach, and Mantoloking, the park sustained major damage from the storm. But unlike those heavily populated communities, the park remains close to its original wild state, with rolling sand dunes and coastal forests on a half-mile-wide spit of sand between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay. Because there are no homes or businesses and only a handful of park-related structures on the island, much of the damage to sand dunes and the beach itself will be left to nature to repair.
December 10, 2013 |
MANTOLOKING, N.J. - Work on a $40 million, four-mile-long steel seawall that will extend through this Ocean County town and into the beachfront areas of neighboring Brick Township trounced by Hurricane Sandy could begin early next year, officials said. Unlike seawalls in some beach towns that stand as tall stone or brick edifices, this massive structure will be driven 32 feet below sea level and will rise 16 feet above ground. It will be virtually unseen, buried beneath sand dunes that will complete the project.
February 12, 2012 |
Henry Ossawa Tanner deserves a kinder fate than to have a major retrospective of his work sandwiched between Zoe-mania and Vincent van Gogh. But how could it be otherwise? Local photographer Zoe Strauss is emphatically "now" and populist, and van Gogh is a modern master and a perpetual crowd-pleaser. Tanner, by contrast, is a less demonstrative artist whose work reflects the conservative values of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Consequently, his art attracts less attention and requires a more measured response.
May 25, 1990 |
Sand dunes covered with bayberries and rare thicket, miles and miles of uncrowded beaches, and no badges required. Nantucket? North Carolina? The Florida Keys? No. A Jersey shore spot unknown to many Philadelphians, and less than two hours from Center City. Cost: $4 a carload ($5 on weekends), a cooler of food and drinks, beach paraphernalia. Island Beach State Park (not to be confused with Long Beach Island), a 10- mile barrier island just south of Seaside Park, Ocean County, is the perfect place to set up camp for a day of sun and surf - beach potatoing in a lounge chair with summer reading, building sand castles, jumping in and out of the water, walking along the shoreline, collecting odd shells.
June 16, 2013 |
CAYO COCO, Cuba - After Cuban scientists studied the effects of climate change on this island's 3,500 miles of coastline, their discoveries were so alarming that officials didn't share the results with the public to avoid causing panic. The scientists projected that rising sea levels would seriously damage 122 Cuban towns or even wipe them off the map. Beaches would be submerged, they found, while freshwater sources would be tainted and croplands rendered infertile. In all, seawater would penetrate up to 1.2 miles inland in low-lying areas, as oceans rose nearly three feet by 2100.
January 16, 2013 |
BRADLEY BEACH, N.J. - This Shore town came through Sandy better than many of its neighbors. A major reason: It had protective sand dunes in place. On Monday, Gov. Christie used a dune-reconstruction project as a backdrop for harsh criticism of oceanfront property owners who have blocked dune projects elsewhere on grounds that the work would interfere with their oceanfront views. "That's extremely selfish and shortsighted," Christie said. "We're looking at ways we can place requirements, legally, to make sure these dune systems are built.
July 31, 1988 |
I was sunning contentedly here on France's Cote de Lumiere (coast of light) - a place of blue skies, shimmering sand and the rolling waves of the Atlantic. I stood up, reluctantly, when a friend introduced Monsieur and Madame Tousquet. We shook hands, chatted about the fine day, observed the usual formalities. The congenial Parisian couple turned to their son. "Antoine," said Madame. "Shake hands with Madame Lewis. " As the shy teenager murmured "Bonjour," I suppressed an overwhelming desire to giggle.
September 15, 2014 |
As his wife, Pat, watched anxiously, Jack Monaghan climbed the slatted dune fence that once separated their Strathmere home from a state park, and pointed down at the crashing sea. "There used to be a beach out there," he said last week. Now, exposed black boulders and a slender, 10-foot cliff are about all that remain of Corson's Inlet State Park's southern shoreline. In just a month, the Monaghans and state officials say, ocean waves have carried away most of the 98 acres of sand dunes where park visitors strolled or fished or beached their boats, and where endangered piping plovers, black skimmers, and least terns scampered and nested.