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Earth's landmasses were not always what they are today. Continents formed as Earth's crustal plates shifted and collided over long periods of time. This video shows how today's continents are thought to have evolved over the last 600 million years, and where they'll end up in the next 100 million years. Paleogeographic Views of Earth's History provided by Ron Blakey, Professor of Geology, Northern Arizona University.
Miami is on its way to becoming an American Atlantis.
The following snippets are taken from the July 4th, 2013 issue of Rolling Stone article by Jeff Goodell
Miami is on its way to becoming an American Atlantis. It may be another century before the city is completely underwater (though some more-pessimistic scientists predict it could be much sooner), but life in the vibrant metropolis of 5.5 million people will begin to dissolve much quicker, most likely within a few decades.
"Miami, as we know it today, is doomed," says Harold Wanless, the chairman of the department of geological sciences at the University of Miami. "It's not a question of if. It's a question of when."
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development lists Miami as the number-one most vulnerable city worldwide in terms of property damage, with more than $416 billion in assets at risk to storm-related flooding and sea-level rise.
South Florida sits above a vast and porous limestone plateau. "Imagine Swiss cheese, and you'll have a pretty good idea what the rock under southern Florida looks like," says Glenn Landers, a senior engineer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The 5.5 million or so people who now live in South Florida consume more than 3 billion gallons of water every day (including industry and agriculture). Almost all of that is pumped out of the aquifer, drawing it down and allowing more and more salt water to move in.
Since taking office in 2011, Governor Rick Scott, a Tea Party Republican has targeted environmental protections of every sort and slashed the budget of the South Florida Water Management District, the agency in charge of managing water supply in the region, as well as restoration of the Everglades.
"If you live in South Florida and you're not building a boat, you're not facing reality."
Whenever there is a full moon and a high tide, the sea water comes up on the west side of Miami Beach through the old storm drains and flows into the streets. In some places, it bubbles up between the street and the sidewalk.
"God destroyed the Earth with water the first time, and he promised he wouldn't do it again. So all of you who are pushing fears about sea-level rise, go back and read the Bible." Florida State Commissioner
Read the whole article here.
Snippets from the New York Times Info Graphic:
"A Sharp Increase In ‘Sunny Day’ Flooding" on the east coast of the USA.
Global warming and rising seas are increasing the amount of tidal flooding on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Flood levels are different from city to city, but the trends are similar.
The city has not been hit by tidal flooding as hard as cities farther south, but it is working on a plan to combat flooding and sea-level rise.
The Battery, New York City
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy laid bare the city’s vulnerability to storm surges and tidal flooding. The city is spending some $20 billion on a resilience plan.
The Jersey Shore was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and fierce fights have erupted about how to rebuild.
High tides now regularly flood the old City Dock, the heart of downtown. A statue commemorating the historic television series “Roots” is sometimes under water.
Rulers at low-lying intersections help drivers figure out if floodwaters are safe to plow through. Some cars go too fast, creating wakes that damage nearby property.
The city and points nearby have been among the worst-hit parts of the country by the increase in tidal nuisance flooding.
At high tide, water can back up in the old sewers and bubble into the streets. The city is spending more than $200 million on improvements.
Fort Pulaski, Ga.
The road to nearby Tybee Island is being closed several times a year during tidal flooding, and can be scary to drive on even when it remains open.
Miami Beach plans to spend at least $400 million to raise streets, install pumps and elevate seawalls.
Key West, Fla.
Researchers are studying ancient coral reefs here to determine how fast sea levels rose between the last two ice ages, about 125,000 years ago.
See the original and complete New York Times Info Graphic.