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The Slow Sad End of the Last House on a Sinking Island

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.

In the early 1900’s, Holland Island was a thriving fishing village.

The inhabitants of this house didn’t know it at the time, but this house would later become the last remaining structures to sink below the sea….

Holland Island has been sinking for quite some time.

The bedrock under the whole area has become lower for years, as it settles following the ice age…

And the coast line is subject to erosion with each passing storm…

Now climate change is causing sea-levels to rise faster than before.

And the last remaining house on Holland Island is gone.

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.

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