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Researchers: Record-breaking Storm Affected Delaware's Seafloor

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Rehoboth Beach coastal and boardwalk damage from January's storm. (Photo: WBOC) Rehoboth Beach coastal and boardwalk damage from January's storm. (Photo: WBOC)

NEWARK, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Researchers at the University of Delaware say that a record-breaking storm in January has altered the state's seafloor.
    
University of Delaware associate professor Arthur Trembanis said that the winter storm produced a record-breaking high tide and caused significant shoreline erosion.
    
The storm also affected the state's Redbird Reef, an artificial reef composed of subway cars donated in 2001 by New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
    
Trembanis and his research team mapped the changes in the man-made reef and discovered that the storm was powerful enough to peel away the tops of the sunken subway cars. It also shifted a barge 160 degrees on the site.
    
Trembanis says researching the storm's effects may help appropriately predict and model how storms are going to behave.

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