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Bright pink marshmallow flowers thrive along the eastern
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Bright pink marshmallow flowers thrive along the eastern edge of Montauk County Park even as the dead, twisted remains of tupelo trees line the shore on Aug. 12, 2012. This portion of the park was once dense forest, but due to erosion over the last several decades, the woodlands have been wiped out by the encroaching waters of Block Island Sound. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

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Unspoiled places on Long Island

Despite the development wave that has washed over most of Long Island since World War II, there are plenty of wild places left, large and small -- forests whose timber has never been cut, meadows never farmed, swamps never drained to build houses.

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