Venice: Still Sinking

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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