Exhibit 7.8—Accelerated shoreline erosion at Point Pelee National Park threatens marshland and coastal ecosystems

2013 Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Fall 2013 Report—Chapter 7

Exhibit 7.8—Accelerated shoreline erosion at Point Pelee National Park threatens marshland and coastal ecosystems

These two satellite photographs show erosion on the northeastern shoreline of Point Pelee National Park, along Lake Erie, between 1931 and 2012.

The photo from 1931 shows a pond in the northeastern section of the park bordered by a strip of beach and marsh land along the coast. The photo from 2012 shows that pond flowing into Lake Erie, as a result of beach recession and continued breaching of the marsh by the waters of the lake.

Further breaching could change plant and animal communities and eventually result in total loss of marsh habitat.

Source: Adapted from Parks Canada.

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