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Cape Cod National Beyond the Beach Series Continues with Too Hot to Handle on October 8

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Date: September 27, 2013
Contact: Bill Burke, Park Historian, 508-255-3421 ext. 14

The next program in the six-week series Beyond the Beach presented by Cape Cod National Seashore will take place on October 8 at 6:30 PM at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.

While there have been many international, national, regional, and local conversations about potential climate change effects on natural resources, including ecosystems and species, the conversation about climate change effects on cultural resources has been quieter. At Cape Cod National Seashore, the stories of people who came before are all around us--from ancient shell middens and lighthouses, to shipwreck remains and the Marconi Station Site. Many of these resources will be threatened by rising sea level and more intense storms, and as they are fixed in place, the resources are unique, do not reproduce, and once lost, they are lost forever. During his presentation, Cape Cod National Seashore Historian Bill Burke will share some of these stories and discuss what the National Park Service is doing to prepare for climate change effects on prehistoric and historic resources. 

Beyond the Beach is a six-week series of presentations focused on the national seashore's diverse resources and programs, ranging from animal migrations and climate change impacts to historic and pre-historic resources, to technology associated with tracking coastal change and seismic research and education. All programs are free and wheelchair-accessible. The series will culminate on November 5 with a presentation by Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent, George Price with State of the Seashore: Successes and Challenges of 2013, and a Look Ahead to 2014.

If You Go: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham. For more information, call (508) 255-3421 or visit www.nps.gov/caco.

Did You Know?

pirate treasure

Cape Cod's own pirate shipwreck, the Whydah, went down in a storm off the coast in April 1717. Before being taken by pirate Sam Bellamy as his flagship, the Whydah was a slave ship, named for the port city of Ouidah in today's country of Benin on the African coast.