Montauk, New York Source: Gary Thompson
Coastal regions offer some of the most spectacular and dynamic environments to be found anywhere in the world, with 40% of the world's population living within 100km of the coast. They boast stunning cliffs and geological features, beautiful biodiversity, in the form of mangrove forests and coral reefs, including countless World Heritage sites and they are amongst the most rapidly changing environments in the world; whether it be due to human development like that of Dubai or coastal retreat such as that of the Sundarbans, in West Bengal. Climate change threatens coastlines across the globe with sea level rise, rates of erosion, land loss and slianisation threaten the means of millions to support themeselves. Coastal environments offer the geographer a stunning choice of places to discover the world and study the interaction between Physical and Human Geography.
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