Ten Endangered U.S. Beach Towns Named

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Broward County, Florida

This undated photo from the county's environmental protection department shows a dwindling beach before it was rebuilt with sand dredged from the ocean.

Beaches on this part of Florida's high-priced southeastern coast are disappearing due to a perfect storm of management errors, said Harold Wanless, a geologist at the University of Miami.

Too many people simply don't understand how sand and ocean interact, Wanless pointed out.

Poor quality sand that is too fine and not sufficiently durable to remain on the beaches is degrading offshore waters and severely damaging offshore reefs, he added.

Rising sea levels may eventually inundate these high-rises despite every effort, Wanless said, but management errors could force their abandonment decades earlier.

—Richard A. Lovett

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—Photograph by Broward County Environmental Protection Department/AP
 
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