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Digging into the Past with Steve Mague


Digging Into the Past

Retracing a 19th Century Survey along the Outer Cape Shore


Steve Mague

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 1pm.

Free with Museum Admission

For more information please call the Museum at 508-896-3867 ext. 133.

 Between 1887 and 1888, Henry L. Marindin, Assistant Topographer of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey, conducted a detailed survey of the outer shores of Cape Cod from Chatham to Provincetown, providing an important base line for future comparisons. In 2007, under the direction of Graham Giese, the Land-Sea Interaction Program of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, began a project to resurvey Marindin’s profiles and cross-sections to quantify changes to landforms and the nearshore environment that have occurred over the past century. This paper focuses on the recovery and occupation of Marindin’s benchmarks and are being used to quantify the landform changes over the past century changes and to estimate future shoreline conditions in the context of climate change and sea level rise.

Steve Mague, MS, is an Adjunct Scientist at the Center for Coastal Studies focusing on the use of historical cartography to characterize and quantify changes in coastal landforms.