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Fire Island, a barrier island separated from southern Long Island by the Long Island Sound, has experienced continual erosion over the past one hundred years and as an earth form is gradually moving north toward the mainland. This project examines the island's current land mass in comparison with data from over the past few decades to develop a model for the erosion pattern. The project's second component compares data for the island's piping plover (Charadris melodus) population with land change data to find possible correlations between the changes in the land and the birds' population decline. Variables include increased human population, land cover change, and sea-level rise.



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