The same aspects of keys that make them such valuable vacation spots—isolation, sandy beaches, ocean-level—make they vulnerable to storm damage. Hurricanes took this beachfront cottage out to sea from Grassy Key, Florida, for instance.

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Earth Science, Geography

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A key is a small, low island of ancient coral reef