Vanishing ocean floor in the Florida Keys worsens risks from sea rise, study finds

April 20, 2017

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In a recent study published in the journal Biogeosciences, a team from the U.S. Geological Survey documented a dramatic erosion of the sea floor around coral reefs, ranging from a few inches to nearly three feet since the 1930s. Combined with sea rise, the disappearing bottom means the hazards facing coasts—storm surge from hurricanes and even erosion from everyday waves—will likely be worse than now projected, especially for the low-lying Keys.