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Beach Wars

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Guest Speakers | Conservation | Lecture Archive 2013

Beach Wars

Lecture date: April 2, 2013. Take a tour of the last ten thousand years of history on Cape Cod’s Nauset Beach, and learn about glaciers, pirates, rum running, coastal geology, and sea level rise, among other topics. In his lecture at the Aquarium, William Sargent revealed compelling stories from his book Beach Wars, including what the 1626 wreck of the Sparrowhawk can tell us about the fate of coastal houses threatened by sea level rise today. He also told how a lovelorn pirate became the basis for Johnny Depp’s character in Pirates of the Caribbean. Sargent is the director of the Coastlines Project in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and a consultant for the NOVA Science television series.

Video Posted: August 1, 2013 | Running time: 67:17



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