Many of us are drawn to the sea where we play on its edge, are lulled by its rhythms and imagine long journeys to distant places. However, shorelines are the most unstable places on earth as wind and water cut into rock and take away sand. We build near them at our peril. Perhaps more damaging to human structures than the dramatic destruction of storm surges is the slow corrosion from salt as it penetrates and swells.
All is transient.