Trinidad: Vanishing coast

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Trinidad and Tobago is losing its coastline, a problem for an island nation where 70 per cent of the population lives near the edge, Tom Hart writes in this article for Geographical.

While oil and gas provides the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago with its main economic base, dredging for new pipelines, coupled with changing weather patterns, may be having a disastrous effect on the nation’s picturesque coastline. ‘Although not all of the beaches and bays are monitored, we have figures for the north coast where we see retreat of up to one metre per year,’ says Junior Darsan, who studies erosion on the island.

There are several anti-erosion measures in place around Trinidad, ranging from sea walls to rubble revetments. Revetments are sloping structures that absorb energy from incoming waves. ‘We have sea walls. We have structures along the island in some sections. We also have sea walls…

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