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Analysis: USNPS superintendents grappling with specific impacts of climate change in NPs

Acadia National Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider laments the day when visitors may no longer be able to walk down to Thunder Hole, a tiny inlet carved naturally out of coastal rocks, where the sounds of crashing waves and thunderous booms have lured sightseers for centuries.

For Schneider, it’s Acadia’s version of Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, a must-see stop for most tourists. But he fears the day will come when it will be pointless to keep replacing the paved stairs, walkways and handrails as Thunder Hole faces the long-term prospect of permanently crumbling.

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