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See the destruction of New Jersey's coastline on an interactive map

NOAA

If the ground-level perspective of the post-Sandy New Jersey coastline can break your heart, the aerial view can melt your mind.

new site from NOAA allows you to navigate along the shoreline, layering and unlayering aerial photography taken by NOAA's National Geodetic Survey following the storm. As you place new images over old, dark sand extends its reach onto roads, roofs disappear, and bright beaches become messy disaster zones. The pictures were taken yesterday during three flights from an average altitude of 7,500 feet.

Here is a shot-by-shot progression of what happens as you gradually shift from a pre- to post-Sandy view taken from above the beach town of Seaside Heights.

Read more at The Atlantic

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