Posts Tagged ‘Venice’

Venice: Surf’s Up!

November 14, 2012

Venice: Surf's Up!

New Yorkers learned about Storm Surge last month after a visit from Hurricane Sandy. But with climate change causing rising sea levels, Tidal Surge will be a more frequent threat to coastal cities. If you want to see New York’s future, look at Venice.

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Venice: Still Sinking

March 26, 2012

Venice: Still Sinking

The city of Venice continues to sink underwater despite earlier assumptions to the contrary, according to a new report based on satellite data. Venetians have stopped pumping ground water from beneath their town, and new technology will mitigate the tidal floods that inundate the Adriatic city, but Venice is still sinking into the lagoon at a rate of 2mm a year, partly due to the weight of the remarkable stone buildings which are its heritage. Some islands in the lagoon are sinking twice as fast.

Not only is the Venetian land sinking, the sea level is rising, and the tectonic plate the town rests on is tilting East under the weight of the Apennine Mountains. At this rate, Venice will sink over three inches in the next two decades.

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Acqua Alta

November 27, 2010

Acqua Alta

The art-infested Italian city of Venice got a good cleaning this weekend as the acqua alta high tide sloshed over ancient squares and into palazzo basements. Okay, if palazzos don’t have basements, where do they keep all that wine?

In areas of Venice that are under water, tourists and other pedestrians crowd together on narrow wooden walkways (passerelle). Water depth can range from 1 to 2 meters (about 3 feet, 3 3/5 inches to 6 feet, 6 7/10th inches). Good thing high-heeled boots are in fashion; there’s never a vacant gondola around when you need one.

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