First-of-its-kind study reveals surprising ecological effects of earthquake and tsunami

The reappearance of long-forgotten habitats and the resurgence of species unseen for years may not be among the expected effects of a natural disaster. Yet that's exactly what researchers have found on the sandy beaches of south central Chile, after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami in 2010. Their study also revealed a preview of the problems brought by sea level rise –– a major symptom of climate change. This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at ScienceDaily: Natural Disaster NewsView original post. May 2, 2012.