The Changing Shape of the Cape & Islands - Cape Cod LIFE Publications

In 2015, Cape Cod LIFE wrote about six different areas on the Cape and Islands that have experienced dramatic coastline changes in recent years.


The Changing Shape of Sandwich’s Town Neck Beach

It will be a long time before the winter of 2014-2015 is forgotten in these parts. In November, snowstorms began to dump record amounts of the white stuff on communities across Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Islands. For some areas, particularly those with existing erosion concerns like Sandwich, the severe weather could not have come at a worse time.…

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The Changing Shape of Chatham’s Barrier Beach

To a first-time visitor, Chatham’s North Beach Island, South Beach, and the well-known break in the barrier beach (a.k.a. the Chatham inlet) may appear to be unique geological features that have been part of the town’s coastline forever. In reality, these areas are relatively new, crafted by the wind and waves in recent years; they are part of the changing…

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The Changing Shape of Nauset Beach & Town Cove

Nauset Beach & Town Cove, Orleans and Eastham

During the last half-century, the inlet to Nauset Harbor has been continually pushed northward by the expanding Nauset Spit (the narrow piece of beach to the inlet’s right).

Cape Cod’s Atlantic-facing communities have been ravaged and changed over the years through the process of erosion. From Chatham to the tip of Provincetown, the tangible…

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Edgartown, Chappaquiddick and the break—and restoration—of Norton Point Beach

The Changing Shape of the Cape & Islands

In April of 2007, a powerful storm on Patriots’ Day caused a break near the center of Norton Point Beach, a barrier beach that runs along the southeastern tip of Martha’s Vineyard dividing Katama Bay from the Atlantic. With this breach in the two-and-one-half mile beach, Chappaquiddick became entirely severed from the Vineyard.
Since…

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The Changing Shape of Ballston Beach, Truro

The Changing Shape of the Cape & Islands

For two days in February of 2013, a blizzard packing hurricane force winds pounded Cape Cod. One of the areas that suffered the most damage was Ballston Beach, a popular spot on Truro’s Atlantic-facing coastline. When high tide struck on the evening of February 8, the storm surge broke through the dunes, pushing…

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The Changing Shape of Siasconset, Nantucket

The village of Siasconset sits on the east coast of Nantucket. A distance from downtown, the area offers stunning scenery and a unique culture and history. Due to its location, though, Siasconset (or “Sconset”) also regularly feels the wrath of the Atlantic’s rough waters beating along its shoreline. Sankaty Head Lighthouse, perhaps the village’s best known attraction—it’s a white light…

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