Looking at some area beaches after Monday’s Nor’easter, it seemed as if the sea had swallowed them whole. When warm weather returns, the shifting sands should return too, as they annually do. But along some parts of East Hampton’s 60-mile coastline, erosion threatens to make the beach vanish permanently.

By Carolyn Kormann
Mar 3, 09 4:34 PM
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After Monday’s nor’easter, it looked as though the sea had swallowed some area beaches whole. But when warm weather returns, the shifting sands should return too, as they annually do.

But along some parts of East Hampton’s 60-mile coastline, erosion threatens to make the beach vanish permanently.

The beach east of Culloden Point in Montauk is retreating as fast as 3.8 feet a year, according to research compiled and analyzed since 1995 by Larry Penny and Mark Abramson, of the East Hampton Town Natural Resources Department, and William Walsh, a land surveyor in Montauk.

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