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  The memorial is a frame for the indeterminant. Nature will write our story, our choices, into the landscape as we face this most vulnerable moment of uncertainty.
  As waters rise across a tilted plane of land extending to the waterline, tides encroach. Trees die in place, row by row, becoming bare-branched rampikes delineating shorelines past. 
  Earth from the lower shaved plane raises the ascending slope, is then planted with a bosc of Washington, D.C.'s iconic cherry tree, left as sacrificial datum to rising seas.
  I  ntended to mature through time’s decay, construction and maintenance of the memorial is an affordable option for East Potomac Park's already flooding tip. 
  Inviting a multiplicity of users and uses, the memorial’s open form embraces existing local fishers, picnickers, joggers and cyclists while adding an additional cultural overlay of memorialization to Hains Point  . 
  The advancing water’s edge becomes a fecund place for exploration.  An emergent Chesapeake Bay wetland ecosystem of Marine Eel Grass    (Zostera marina),    Common Carp  (Cyprinus carpio) , Spotted Turtle  (Clemmys guttata) , and the Blue Crab  (Callinectes sapidus)  is ripe for National Park research and educational programs.
  Public witness of Hains Point's transformation as dry land yielding to rising waters. 
 Climate Chronograph matures as it decays and evolves with natural succession. By ceding control of the  tip of an island serving as the keystone of Washington, D.C.'s flood control under NPS's non-intervention stewardship, the memorial's entropy makes legible in the scale of inches and feet the global effects of rising seas.
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