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Tangier Island has lost 8 acres a year to rising sea levels since 1850. Photograph by Skip Brown
The grave of Margaret A. Pruitt, who died in 1901, lies at the water's edge at Tangier's northern tip, once home to a settlement called Canaan that has long since washed away. Photograph By Earl Swift
Crabbing and oystering are the main occupations for watermen on Tangier. In the new book Chesapeake Requiem, author Earl Swift describes the anxiety the islanders feel as their home gets smaller and smaller. Photograph By Earl Swift