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Last year's El Niņo waves battered California shore to unprecedented degree

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Big waves affect beach access and ocean bluffs at the Isla Vista, California study site.

Big waves affect beach access and ocean bluffs at the Isla Vista, California study site.

Credit: David Hubbard


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Large incoming waves interacting with waves near the bluffs create a turbulent surf zone.

Large incoming waves interacting with waves near the bluffs create a turbulent surf zone.

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Exposed bedrock platform at beach access staircase, where large waves swept away the sand.

Exposed bedrock platform at beach access staircase, where large waves swept away the sand.

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Eroding foredune scarp during a large El Niņo wave event in January 2016 in central California.

Eroding foredune scarp during a large El Niņo wave event in January 2016 in central California.

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El Niņo waves breach the foredune in central California in January 2016.

El Niņo waves breach the foredune in central California in January 2016.

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