Arctic Warming Sandbags Kaktovik Alaska USA

The warming climate is affecting many Arctic locations and sandbags are used in a stabilization project to stop the shores from eroding. In the village of Kaktovik along the coastal shores of the Beaufort Sea in Alaska USA, this project is underway.

In the native village of Kaktovik in Alaska, USA, more evidence of the warming climate is being seen year after year. The people of Kaktovik are trying to prevent the shores along the coastline of the Beaufort Sea from eroding and a bank stabilization project using sandbags has been put in place. The sandbags and small fence blocking the shores will not stop the warming trend but will slow down the speed of the increasing coastal erosion.

The cold Arctic climate is what the people, plants and wildlife are accustomed to in Kaktovik, Alaska and the warming of the weather is putting a great deal of stress on everything. One of the main concerns is the sea ice which is melting faster, possibly changing as much as 3 degrees over the next 80 years. This will affect the Polar Bears, seals and other Arctic marine mammals who depend on the ice in their natural environment and many of the people in the native villages like Kaktovik who rely on some animals as a source of food.

Other factors the warming trend will affect is the water currents and the wind and the increase of heat on the land and sea making the ice disappear faster. Eventually, this Arctic warming and climate change will make a difference to the rest of the world, not just the colder regions.

Most people are trying very hard to slow down this warming trend and a well known factor is the gases put into the air coming from the carbon dioxide of burning fuel. Cars need to be regularly tuned up, dishwashers running with a full load, recycle goods need be used, thermostats need to be turned down, less water can be used and buying energy efficient light bulbs are some ways people can help with global warming.

Using the sandbags will not stop the erosion of the coastline, but they will slow the process down considerably, hopefully saving a village like Kaktovik from being swamped when the glacier waters rise.

A bank stabilization project attempts to stop the shoreline erosion from winter storms in front of the Beaufort Sea native village of Kaktovik



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The warming climate is affecting many Arctic locations and sandbags are used in a stabilization project to stop the shores from eroding. In the village of Kaktovik along the coastal shores of the Beaufort Sea in Alaska USA, this project is underway.

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