Ross Brooks

Will Your City Sink Beneath the Ocean if all Ice on Earth Melts?

by , 11/05/13
filed under: gallery, global warming

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Photo by George Steinmetz for National Geographic

National Geographic just launched a new series of interactive maps that demonstrate just how catastrophic it would be if all five million cubic miles of ice on Earth were to melt. Entire cities would sink as the sea rises by 216 feet, reshaping the world as we know it while average temperatures rise to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit instead of the current 58. Scientists say it would take more than 5,000 years to melt all of the ice on Earth, but if we continue adding carbon to the atmosphere at current rates, it could happen a lot sooner.

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New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and London are just some of the cities that would be submerged, as well as the entire state of Florida. The destruction of entire cities is also likely to cause unprecedented population migrations across continents, which would compound existing problems such as disease, poverty and violence. Resources would become even scarcer than they already are, and the need for expansion could lead to the outbreak of disputes between countries over territory.

Outside of the United States, entire sections of Northern Europe would be wiped out along with much of the east coast of the United Kingdom. Huge swaths of land in northern China would be submerged, and countless islands in countries like Indonesia and the Philippines would disappear.

The map of the future serves as a stark reminder of what will happen if disregard for the environment continues unabated. Take a look for yourself here and see if your current residence will escape rising sea levels.

+ National Geographic

Via Gizmodo

Lead image by ©George Steinmetz for National Geographic, Sustainable sanitation

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2 Comments

  1. rovingreporter November 13, 2013 at 12:01 am

    We could always make floating artificial islands like a certain country in the Middle East.

  2. Jean Paul Laclau November 5, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Hi I live in Buenos aires. I am near the shore of Rio de la Plata. Exactly 15 blocks from there. We are at 80m altitude. The maps are not accurate. I wonder how many other places are exagerated. with this i am not denying the climate change, but denouncing this particular exageration and sensationalism.

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