Texas scientists studying sand impact of Sandy

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin are working with New York-area universities to survey the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy beneath the water's surface.

A university statement released Wednesday says the team from UT's Institute for Geophysics gained experience mapping the sea floor effects of major storms after Hurricane Ike hit near Galveston in 2008.

The condition of the natural barriers off Long Island will be crucial in the area's ability to withstand future storms. The results of the seafloor survey will help engineers plan restoration efforts.

After Hurricane Ike, researchers found that the withdrawing storm surge pulled lots of sand off shore and dispersed it over a wide area.

The geophysical survey began Jan. 7 and will run through Jan. 28.

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