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Coastwatch Magazine Explores 200 Million Years of Sea Level Rise — and Much More

For Immediate Release

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After recently being named the state’s best print publication, Coastwatch magazine has released its Winter 2019 issue. The latest edition of the flagship publication from North Carolina Sea Grant covers a wide array of content, including sea level rise and its effects on North Carolina terrain – beginning with the birth of the Atlantic.

Scientist Stanley R. Riggs takes readers back long before the recent acceleration of rising seas from human causes. The 200-million-year-old story of sea level rise, Riggs says, reflects a dynamic coastline, and it also includes a record of how North Carolinians have responded to the encroaching ocean over the last few centuries.

In “The Story of Ricky Moore,” IndyWeek’s Best Chef in the Triangle talks about the southern roots of his cuisine. North Carolina’s foodways came to mean something new, Moore says, after he gained experience in the culinary arts abroad. Check out the excerpt from his book.

Next, Lee Cannon leads readers on a trek into the wetlands. In “The Ghost Hunters,” she tells how cutting-edge scientists Emily Ury and Melinda Martinez are using remote sensing technology to investigate the mysteries of coastal ghost forests — where sea level rise and saltwater intrusion are dramatically changing ecosystems.

Also in the Winter 2019 issue:

• Timely research from Austin Gray uncovers antibiotic pollution in North Carolina waters.

• Economist Jane Harrison explains why some coastal rural counties thrive, while others struggle.

• Fisheries experts Scott Baker and Sara Mirabilio’s Hook, Line & Science includes a look at how the total recreational catch declined for North Carolina anglers last year.

• Marine education specialist Terri Kirby Hathaway tells why starfish aren’t really starfish anymore.

• And we round out the latest issue with seasonal specialties from Mariner’s Menu, our treasure trove of free recipes, and more.

The Winter 2019 issue of Coastwatch marks the close of another year that the NC Association of Government Information Officers has recognized the magazine with multiple awards.

The Autumn 2019 issue won first place from the N.C. Association of Government Information Officers for print publications. Appearing in the Summer 2019 issue, Julie Leibach’s “Testing the Waters” earned best feature story, her second straight year with the top honor in that category, and Sarah Speigler’s “Land Versus Sea” finished second in the category.

Last year, Leibach’s “The Long View” won best feature, and the issue in which it appeared, Summer 2018, was the the NCAGIO’s runner-up for best in print.


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