Gulf Shores, Alabama, appears to have been sand-blasted after Hurricane Ivan blew ashore on September 16, 2004. This photo-quality Ikonos image of the shoreline, taken on September 18, shows tan sand covering buildings, roads, and piles collecting in the forested area in the top right side of the image. The parking lots that lined the beach in December 2001 have disappeared under a blanket of sand. The turquoise swimming pool and buildings along the lower right edge of the image are also gone, as are a number of structures a bit further inland. Not all of the changes are storm-related—a tall new building has been built on the beach near the image center. The building is casting a long shadow on the sand in the 2004 image.
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