Blog Response Number 1

At conferences I mentioned that I would like to try to get more interaction in my BLOG from students and families that might want to interact.


This month’s challenge  is:

Read this article posted on the New York Times website about sand dunes and protecting beaches.


After reading this story, How would you feel about placing dunes along the Oregon coast?  Are they necessary? And, can you suggest other ways to protect our coastlines from storms?  I look forward to reading your comments.  (Students, remember to use name and last initial only.  Your email will not be published but is necessary in order to receive your comment.  Also, think about currents, waves, tsunamis, and other ocean related topics we have studied.)

Up to 5 extra credit points for thoughtful science based comments per student.




  • By melissa p., December 6, 2012 @ 2:31 am

    I think that we should have dunes because if we ever had a tsunami or tidal wave we would be protected from it a little bit.The cost of getting the dunes would be a lot less than what a hurricanes damage would cost even though maybe the surfers dont like it as much.

  • By alison.richards, December 11, 2012 @ 12:34 am

    I wonder if it might be useful to place sand dunes, and or barriers every so many yards, so it doesn’t destroy the look and enjoyment of the coastline.

  • By Oana B, December 7, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

    I think placing sand dunes along the Oregon caost is a great idea because it might not be necessary but it is good to be protected just in case we have a storm like Sandy. I think a good way to protect our coast is to get really big rocks and make a rock wall about 15 meters off the coastline, so that way when the storm comes, the wall will be able to slow it down a little.

  • By alison.richards, December 11, 2012 @ 12:33 am

    It might take some time, but it seems like an good idea!

  • By hunter.w, January 7, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    i think it would be a good idea because if we place dunes it will protect us from tsunamis and other disasters. also if we do it will cost less in damages,than without dunes.they can protect our coast citys.but, it can upset peaple that go to the beach with 50ft dunes on the beach

  • By alison.richards, January 10, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    I think we need dunes to protect us from snow!!!

  • By nichole.b, January 11, 2013 @ 3:38 am

    I think that sand dunes would be a great idea to slow down the tsunami or tidal waves. It would cause less damage to neighborhoods and businesses. Sand dunes would be a good idea for the Oregon Coast, if there was a storm sighting. The molecules from the sand when wet bind together when you pat them down. They become hard and block out water. Like when you build a sand structure. Also, sand dunes are a natural resource. Which is alot more affordable than modern structures.

  • By Zach W, January 17, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

    I think that sand dunes on the populated coasts is a good idea because they can protect us from tidal waves, flooding, and lower tsunami damage. In the past years the crescent city coast was destroyed and cost millions of dollars in damage costs. But, I think a rock or cement wall would be a better idea because the city wouldn’t have to rebuild the wall too much. A sand dune would waste away eventually…

  • By Cole Lebrun, January 18, 2013 @ 3:20 am

    If they put dunes on the coast then you couldn’t see the view

  • By teddi b, January 24, 2013 @ 3:41 am

    I think dunes help us in many ways with snow and natural disasaters. By chance we do have a natural disaster dunes will help us stay safer and cost our citys and towns less money.

  • By Keelan M., March 6, 2013 @ 4:57 am

    I thik they should put dunes so the people can be safe but,I also think that they could find a different way to protect NEW YORKER’s to like constructing a strong and clear material(like plastic or clear matal)or could make a GIANT sponge to obsorb large amounts of water.

  • By alison.richards, March 8, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

    Interesting. I thought the sand would look “natural”, but other materials might be cheaper and easier to maneuver. Good thoughts.

  • By Alison Richards, January 23, 2015 @ 11:44 pm

    I like it!

  • By daisy lane, November 5, 2015 @ 12:32 am

    where is the link for moon phase project 🙂

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