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In the 1800s, Poplar Island in Chesapeake Bay comprised over 1,000 acres. By the early 1900s, the island had split into three separate land masses. By 1990, the total area had been reduced to just 10 acres.

The island, home to abundant wildlife and once a popular weekend retreat for Washington's elites, might have vanished entirely if not for a large-scale restoration project led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1998.

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