Wildlife Preserve Shows Effect of Global Warming

Chesapeake Bay wildlife refuge losing 125 acres a year to rising water levels.

Published: 13-Mar-2001

BLACKWATER NATURE REFUGE, Maryland (Reuters) - Anyone who questions the potential impact of global warming should visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, where rising waters are rapidly destroying a precious marsh habitat.

Located near the shores of Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States, the preserve is like a natural laboratory where processes that threaten to sweep the world in the course of the 21st century are already plain to see.

"Blackwater gives us an example of what will probably occur in a lot of low-lying areas as global warming proceeds and water levels continue to rise," said environmental scientist J. Court Stevenson of the University of Maryland's Horn Point Laboratory, who has been studying the swampy preserve for the past 20 years.

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