Coastal regions lose war to rising sea level

July 16, 2013 | Environment
Maldives: losing war to rising sea level

New Orleans, New York, Miami, Venice, Bangkok, Shanghai, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, and Maldives are losing war with rising seas.

According to a study published in the Geophysical Research Letters by John A. Church and Neil J. White, the Earth's oceans rose by an average 7.7 inches (195 mm) between 1870 and 2004.

People tend to be drawn to coastal cities for their beauty and beautiful views, which is why they are such heavily populated areas and so desirable for summer vacations.

However, these nine popular destinations and many others will observe that the seas could rise a further 22 to 79 inches (56 to 200 cm) during the 21st century, according to the projections by the U.S. National Research Council.

The Maldives, an incredible surfing sanctuary, may well be preparing to be swallowed by the water, as its highest point rises seven feet and ten inches (2.4 meters) above the ocean.

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