A study in North Carolina of dying trees may represent a foreboding preview of what may come to coastal ecosystems worldwideGoogle Earth image of a healthy forest on the lower right and a ghost forest full of dead trees on the left. (Emily Ury)
By Jim Morrison
MAY 17, 2021 8:00AM
For years, Emily Ury traversed North Carolina’s coastal roads, studying patches of skeletal trees slain by rising seas that scientists call "ghost forests." Killed by intruding saltwater along the Atlantic Coast, they are previews of the dire fate other forests face worldwide.