Human Impact on the Coastal Landscape

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Perry Newton Student # 000-00 1818 Geog 222 Section (1) Mrs Sandra Burrows Date: November 4, 2008 The Human Impact on Coastal Landscape The relationship between humans and their environment is a topic that engenders much debate. Humans are intellectual. They can think, reason, feel and make deductions or hypothesis and seek to solve or prove their deductions or theories. The environment on the other hand is inanimate and exists by means of natural laws and principles that govern the universe. It cannot prevent man’s exploitations; it cannot take up arms and fight. However, in its own way, by natural laws, it makes efforts to purge and renew itself from the effects of man’s endeavors. Mangor (2002) argues that like the ocean that…show more content…
Therefore, it is an integral part of the physical geography of the coastal landscape. The ocean by its natural processes influences the amount of sand on the beaches, the availability of marine life and the existence of mangroves that bedecks wetlands. It supplies food for the birds, food for fauna and flora and food for the multitudes of fishes and other life forms within its borders. Mangor (2002) observed that the coasts and its adjacent areas on and off shore is an important part of the local ecosystem as the mixture of fresh water and salt water in estuaries provides many nutrients for marine life. He noted further, that salt marshes and beaches also support a diversity of plants, animals and insects crucial to the food chain. Humans in there quest to be innovative and to improve their lot, have engaged in activities that have altered the normal flow of the ocean, and largely have altered the coast itself. Some of their activities have destroyed forever the landscape and have inflicted un-repairable damage to it. One way in which humans have impacted the coastal landscape is by destroying mangroves and wet lands for development purposes. In Nassau, Bahamas, this activity is glaring. Bulldozers are used to push down mangroves and to “fill” in wet lands in order to erect gated communities and at times touristic enterprises. This action invariably alters forever the coastal landscape and destroys the absorption and stabilizing capabilities of the coast
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