Preserving Cultural Artifacts from Erosion

Climate change has accelerated the natural rain and wind erosion of numerous cultural and historical artifacts that have been in Scotland’s Orkney islands for the last 5000 years.  Annual rainfall has increased by over 26% and many ancient houses or burial sites are being eroded away.  Additionally, many of the natural landscape barriers to erosion, such as sand dunes or natural beaches are eroded away at a faster rate.  To preserve these historical artifacts, scientists are making sea-walls or adding plastic

protection to protect houses against rainwater.

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