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The Main Issue

The Shell Island Resort is in danger of being destroyed by a migrating inlet. Mason's Inlet is moving south rapidly. The Shell Island Resort is currently situated in an Inlet Hazard Zone and is in dire straits.

In this inquiry simulation, your objective is to investigate the issues concerning the fate of the Shell Island Resort and then debate the future of this and other oceanfront structures threatened by coastal erosion. As you engage in your investigation, identify the social, political, and scientific issues with which different stakeholders must deal. You will place yourself into the role of one of the stakeholders.

Here's a video clip to introduce you to the problem at hand(6.6 MB).

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