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AN OVERVIEW OF THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY RISING WATER AROUND THE WORLD

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2013 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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One house remains above water level

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An orange line painted on the condemned house – and Robb Braidwood, Office of Emergency Management Chesapeake, Virginia – shows the usual high water in the area.” A storm is not even necessary , says Braidwood. Heavy rains and winds in the wrong direction at a high enough tide. “

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As seawater warms, it expands. This thermal expansion accounts for about a third of the current rise in sea level. The melting of mountain glaciers account for another third.By 2100, it will no doubt raises several centimeters sea level, but no more. The volume of ice mountains remains small enough.

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Its contribution is small today but worrying sign, its surface began to melt in the summer. The ice sheet contains enough water to raise sea levels by almost 7.5 m.

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The East Antarctica seems fairly stable. However, the warming of the ocean mine parts of the ice sheet of West Antarctica. The future of the cap, such as Greenland, is very uncertain.

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A coastal defense work today protects Malé, the capital of Maldives. This archipelago in the Indian Ocean is the lowest country in the world and flat. Rising seas could force Maldivians to abandon their homeland before 2100. More than 100 000 people live on this island of 1.9 km2.

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Dangerously exposed to the next typhoon, these families homeless crowd into coastal slums in Manila, Philippines. Rapid land subsidence worse by the global sea level rise.

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