Land: Losing Ground

When Byron L. Ramsing returns this summer to Martha's Vineyard, he is in for a rude surprise. His Chilmark house, which used to be a safe 200 ft. from the cliffs overlooking the sea, is now only 80 ft. away, and the broad stone steps that were once in his backyard are now on the beach below. On the New Jersey shore, the sea has slowly devoured 50 square blocks of the town of Cape May Point, and St. Peter's by the Sea Episcopal Church, a frame structure which has already been moved three times, now has the sea...