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Houston and Galveston
Over the past few decades, large changes have occurred in and around Houston and Galveston Bay. Most obvious is the urban and suburban development. This, in turn, changes the rates and locations of fresh water run off into the bay. Dredging in Galveston Bay and the construction of the Texas City Dike (1) have changed the current patterns (and erosion/depositional patterns) in the bay. Subsidence has changed the shoreline and nearshore ecosystems. Effects of many of these changes can be seen in the photography by mapping patterns on both land and in the water. The ship channel is at 2, and new suburban developments around NASA - Clear Lake at 3. (STS055-71-043)
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