By Rhonda McBride
7:29 PM AKDT, October 25, 2012
The Southwest Alaska community of Newtok is fighting on two fronts, against runaway erosion and melting permafrost. But in this man vs. nature battle, nature has the upper hand. Ultimately this Yup'ik village of 350 will have to move to safer ground.
On Thursday, there were two more installments to KTUU reporter Rhonda McBride and photographer Eric Sowl's series.
Newtok, Village on the Edge, Part 2: Losing the Battle. A look at some of the immiment the threats to the community's life and safety.
Newtok, Village on the Edge, Part 3: Living in Limbo, a look at how the village's basic infrastructure is begining to fail. Although efforts to move to Mertarvik, the new village site across the river are underway, Newtok has a big struggle ahead. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that relocation costs range from $80 million to 130 million.
On Wednesday, Part 1: Sound and Fury. When it comes to dealing with the consequences of a warming climate, is Newtok like the canary in the coal mine? At least one agency, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Corporation, is monitoring the impacts of erosion on basic infrastructure. In the sound and fury of a fall storm, Newtok students track the erosion, just outside their school.
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