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    A small footbridge on the Nauset Marsh trail will be closed for repair for two weeks following Labor Day. Ask at the visitor center for detour information.

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    Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.

Cape Cod National Seashore Presents Sea Level Rise - the Chatham Story at Salt Pond Visitor Center August 24

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Date: August 20, 2010
Contact: Sue Haley, Interpretive Ranger, 508-255-3421

Just three years ago, on April 15, 2007, a new inlet broke through the barrier beach in Chatham causing a loss of homes and property. Other communities along the Cape's beautiful and dynamic coast are confronted with similar problems in the face of rising sea levels. Join Bill Sargent, NOVA consultant, and author of the book "Sea Level Rise: the Chatham Story", for a captivating, illustrated program on Tuesday, August 24, at 7 PM, at Salt Pond Visitor Center Auditorium in Eastham. The program is free, fully accessible, and sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

The Cape Cod coastline is a constantly changing geologic system of beaches, dunes, marshes, and cliffs. All of which can change literally overnight, suddenly and dramatically. Natural and man-made influences play significant roles affecting the Cape. This past winter and spring local residents witnessed first-hand strong storms that eroded cliffs by nearly 30 feet in some areas.

Attend this program and learn more about one of the important issues facing Cape Cod.

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham. Call 508-255-3421. Province Lands Visitor Center is located off Race Point Road in Provincetown. Call 508-487-1256. Both centers are open from 9 AM to 5 PM and staff is available to assist with activity planning. The centers have a museum, auditorium showing park films, and bookstore featuring books, maps, puzzles, and other interpretive items. For more information about the seashore's programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.

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Did You Know?

kettle pond

Kettle pond surface water levels are controlled by local groundwater levels. Around Cape Cod National Seashore ponds, these levels range from six to nine feet above average sea level. The bottoms of all the kettle ponds are below sea level.