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The passage describes recent hurricane seasons as the most expensive on record. Which of the following statements gives the implied reason for this increased expense?

A Destruction of barrier islands and coastal wetlands has left the mainland exposed.

The passage describes the loss of these coastal barrier lands to erosion. The fifth sentence then states, “the result is that recent hurricane seasons have been the most expensive on record.” This establishes the cause-and-effect between barrier island erosion and monetary losses due to great storms