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Near Marina in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

A Coastal Attack the Army Couldnít Stop

Fort Ord Dunes State Park

 
 
A Coastal Attack the Army Couldnít Stop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2013
1. A Coastal Attack the Army Couldnít Stop Marker
Captions: The Army tried unsuccessfully to stop coastal erosion by “armoring” the cliff below Stilwell Hall with broken concrete and stone. (upper left); The bluffs at Fort Ord Dunes erode landward five to eight feet a year as storm-driven waves wash away countless tons of sand. (lower left); Fort Ordís dunes formed over thousands of years, as prevailing winds from Monterey Bay blew wave-deposited sand inland from the beach. (upper right); The sand in Fort Ordís dunes came from coastal streams like the Salinas River that carry sandy sediment into Monterey Bay. (lower right).
Inscription. Soldiers once guarded this shoreline against sea-borne attack, but one force proved too powerful to stop. Coastal erosion, the wearing away of these bluffs and beaches by ocean waves, has been steadily moving the coastline inland here since sea levels began rising after the last ice age. Human activities, such as mining sand and constructing dams on the coastal rivers, and speed up erosion by preventing new sand from replenishing these beaches.
 
Erected by California State Parks.
 
Location. 36° 39.645′ N, 121° 49.332′ W. Marker is near Marina, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from 8th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marina CA 93933, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stilwell Hall: A Fond Memory (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Firing Range Becomes a State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Training to Defend America (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Fort Ord Dunes State Park! (about 300 feet away); Portola-Crespi Monument
A Coastal Attack the Army Couldnít Stop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2013
2. A Coastal Attack the Army Couldnít Stop Marker
The marker is on the bluff in the distance.
(approx. 4.1 miles away); Depots (approx. 5.1 miles away); Fish Hoppers (approx. 5.3 miles away); Silver Harvest (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marina.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in Fort Ord Dunes State Park near the old Stilwell Hall parking lot.
 
Categories. MilitaryNatural Features
 
Coastal Bluff, looking north from the Stilwell Hall site image. Click for full size.
October 18, 2007
3. Coastal Bluff, looking north from the Stilwell Hall site
For an example of erosion's effects, follow the fenceline.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 362 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 29, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on September 30, 2013. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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