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The Waterlines Project

People who've visited Seattle can attest to its dramatic shorelines, and particularly the area that stretches north from the mouth of the Duwamish River all the way along Elliott Bay. Like many other cities, Seattle has manipulated and modified its shoreline, and this interactive website from The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington allows visitors to see how Seattle's various landscapes have changed over time. The site starts out with an interactive map of the Puget Sound region, and visitors can click on sections that will let them learn about the transformation of certain sites within the area via video, audio clips, and maps. For example, clicking on the "Duwamish River" tab under the map will give visitors a detailed map of the Duwamish River as it approaches Elliott Bay. Here visitors can read an interactive map legend that shows them where and when filled land was added to this increasingly industrialized area. It's a very dynamic site, and one that will delight engineers, historians, geographers, and ecologists.
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