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Rhode Island’s Ocean and Coastal Magazine

This issue explores the geology behind Rhode Island’s maritime history, recreation, and ecology. 


Correction: The aerial photo on page 20 includes a portion of Providence, but not the filled land described in the article.


From the Editor


Underlying every wave that crashes on Rhode Island’s shore are millions of years of geologic history. In this issue, we examine the many surprising ways that geology shapes life along our coast.

41°N: Rhode Island’s Ocean and Coastal Magazine, produced by Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island, is dedicated to bringing you stories and images that reveal interesting and unexpected details of scientific discoveries, the ocean economy, Rhode Island history, and the lives of people who work on and around the water.

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Laying Low | Geographical vulnerabilities of coastal living
by Meredith Haas
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The Landscape of the Sea 
| Sailors may be shaped by the water, but it’s clear the land influences them, too
by Elaine Lembo, photos by Onne van der Wal
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Geology in Motion | The foundation of surfing
by Meredith Haas, photos by Jesse Burke
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Providence railroads

City on a fill
by Maury Klein
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Beach Birds | 
Geology’s link to avian abundance
by Todd McLeish
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A Military History of Narragansett Bay
by Brian L. Wallin
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We are the Landscape |
An interview with Lorén Spears
by Hugh Markey
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Ice and Oysters | 
From glaciers to the raw bar
by Kate Masury
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Between Land and Sea
 | The Atlantic Coast and the Transformation of New England 
by Hugh Markey
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