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The Island That Sank

The town of Holland Island was once a thriving fishing village off the coast in the Chesapeake Bay. In the early 1900’s, the island contained 70 homes, local convenience stores, and other buildings.

Now, due to a combination of factors including sea-level rise, coastal erosion, and settling bedrock from the ice age, the town has been completely submerged beneath the waters. This poignant series of photographs, show the process of the last remaining house on the island, slowly disappearing into the ocean. This is a story about the island that sank.

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In the early 1900s Holland Island was a thriving fishing village, with over 70 homes.

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This house would later become the last remaining structure to sink below the sea…

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In geological terms, the sinking of Holland Island has happened incredibly fast.

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The bedrock under the whole area became lower, as it settled following the last ice age…

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Coastal erosion also played its part.

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Then add rising sea-levels due to global warming.

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And you have an island that is no more…

[Image Credits: Wikipedia, Imgur]