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 had 70 homes, 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. In this sad yet beautiful series of photos, you can watch the process of this house as it slowly disappears into the ocean.
For the inhabitants of Holland Island, luck ran out long ago. There was nothing they could do to stop the sea from taking over their coastal town. Now, with sea-levels continuing to rise, we are faced with a decision: how will we prepare for the changes that our children will inherit? Will we start to see more houses like this one on Holland Island, or will we take action now to prevent further destruction?
The choice is up to you. It’s not an easy thing to consider, but it’s definitely a question worth sharing.