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Cities that may soon disappear under water (10 photos)

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The result of global warming is a rise in world ocean level, which represents a critical threat to civilization. Sea level rises because warming affects the melting of ice, releasing millions of liters of water into the oceans.
This compilation presents religious cities that are at risk of flooding with rising sea levels.
Cities that may soon disappear under water (10 photos)

Sea level is enough to rise by only 1 meter so that the legendary Venice will disappear from the face of the Earth. The city, with its entangled network of canals, is endangered as a result of rising water levels and its impact on local soils. In 2008, the city was hit by catastrophic floods that caused severe damage. This cataclysm repeated in January of this year, since heavy precipitations coincided with the tides. The cost of repairing buildings already damaged by these floods is estimated at tens of millions of dollars.
Cities that may soon disappear under water (10 photos)

The world ocean level is enough to rise only 2 meters to sink Amsterdam. The Netherlands is located in the lowlands, and a quarter of the country is actually below sea level! Large dams protect the land from flooding and allow the Dutch to develop the territory, which should have been swallowed by the sea for a long time. The problem is that when sea levels rise, these dams experience heavy loads, and with tides and storms they are at risk of destruction. According to preliminary estimates, Amsterdam has about 150 years before it becomes a new Atlantis.
Cities that may soon disappear under water (10 photos)

In the case of Hamburg, the water should rise by 2.5 meters. The city, which is the second largest in Germany, is located in the floodplain of the Elbe River, just over 100 kilometers from the North Sea coast. The city is regularly exposed to flooding due to heavy rains, and with rising sea levels, this process will only intensify. In Hamburg, there is a modern anti-flood defense system, but as in the case of the Netherlands, it may not be effective when the water level rises.
Cities that may soon disappear under water (10 photos)

St. Petersburg is also threatened by a 2.5 meter water rise.Located at the mouth of the mighty Neva River, the city itself is built on islands connected by numerous bridges. The city’s population has become accustomed to regular flooding and rising sea levels, but in recent years they have become more frequent and dangerous. The barriers protect the city from the Gulf of Finland, and the flood warning system also works. These defense systems cost a huge amount, but without them the city will almost certainly be captured by water. St. Petersburg defense systems, which were completed in 2010, now serve as a model for several other low-lying cities.
Cities that may soon disappear under water (10 photos)

For Los Angeles it will be a critical rise of water by three meters. Los Angeles, like the rest of California, is more likely an area that we more often associate with drought rather than floods. But this coastal city is also at risk of flooding. This is the first of two California cities on our list. According to preliminary calculations, it has at least 200 years before the sea begins to approach it. The University of Southern California has conducted multi-level research in the Pacific and predicts a rise from 5 to 25 inches on the West Coast.This means that the coastline will gradually be eaten by the sea, destroying buildings and entire cities in the coastal zone.
Cities that may soon disappear under water (10 photos)

Since San Francisco is not far from Los Angeles, the permissible increase in the water level here is also 3 meters. The city is based on a peninsula, curving near the mainland. Because of the mountainous terrain, it’s extremely difficult to protect this area from water.
Cities that may soon disappear under water (10 photos)

If the ocean rises to 3 meters, the coastal part of New York will also be flooded. The destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy and the violent storms in front of him have already demonstrated that New York needs a new flood protection system. The tragic 2012 tropical cyclone killed 117 people in the United States and another 69 in Canada and the Caribbean. He set new records for flood lines in New York.
Cities that may soon disappear under water (10 photos)

New Orleans - an American city, the most tragic way associated with flood losses. The devastation along the Mississippi Delta in recent years has shown how vulnerable a person is actually when confronted with the elements. Hurricane Katrina almost destroyed most parts of the city. The lowest dams of New Orleans are about 350 years before the ocean swallows them.
Cities that may soon disappear under water (10 photos)

To destroy South London, will require a rise in world sea level by 5.5 meters. The myth of London, swallowed by the sea, excites the public for a long time. In fact, in this myth there is a considerable share of reality. Why? The city itself is built around the mouth of the Thames, and the landscape on which most of the city lies, especially in the south and east, is a swamp. Currently, there is an extensive defense system - the Thames Barrier - protecting against tides. London is about 375 years old before going the path of Atlantis.
Cities that may soon disappear under water (10 photos)

Shanghai has as many as 6.5 meters in stock, after which a catastrophe can happen. In many ways, like Los Angeles and San Francisco, Shanghai is just one of a number of Chinese cities that are threatened by rising sea levels; among other cities are Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. A 6.5-meter rise can take about 400 years, and will completely flood the city. It is worth noting that this is the worst case scenario, but even a small increase in the level in a shorter period of time will greatly harm the city. For example, if a half-meter height by 2070 poses a danger to 5.5 million city dwellers.

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