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Poonthura is protected from the ocean by a seawall. Meant to stem erosion, seawalls of enormous granite blocks, which now line more than 60% of the coast in Kerala, actually contribute to erosion by preventing the natural restoration of sand and sediment (Photo by Mary-Rose Abraham)

Poonthura is protected from the ocean by a seawall. Meant to stem erosion, seawalls of enormous granite blocks, which now line more than 60% of the coast in Kerala, actually contribute to erosion by preventing the natural restoration of sand and sediment (Photo by Mary-Rose Abraham)