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Slowly but surely, sea-level rise lays claim to Osborn Cove

After the 1907–08 survey of the lower Patuxent concluded in cold December weather, (See "Past is Prologue," November 2012) the mapping of St. Leonard Creek and Osborn Cove went to sleep again, while technology advanced another couple of decades.

By 1920, the U.S. government was surveying and photographing coast shoreline from airplanes — only 16 years after Wilbur and Orville Wright's first flight in December 1903.

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Will there be a happy ending for this shad tale?

The behavior of European settlers toward the Chesapeake's marvelous natural resource of migratory fishes is a sad tale; a shabby tale. I call it a shad tale. We don't know how many millennia shad, alewives and herring made their spring...

History Lessons for the Future

"A faire Bay, compassed but at the mouth with fruitfull and delightsome land." - Capt. John Smith in his 1607 description of the Chesapeake Bay The Discovery In latitude 36 degrees north, the ships "Susan Constant," "Godspeed" and the...


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About Past is Prologue

Longtime Bay scientist and ecological historian Kent Mountford offers a historical insight to the Chesapeake’s past, and present.

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