The next time you take a trip to see the magnificent beaches of Mali, take a leisurely gondola ride in Venice, or wonder at the architecture of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, make sure to bring your best camera. If scientific studies are accurate, photos will be the only way your great-great-grandchildren will see them. Mother Nature has slated a number of places to significantly shrink or disappear from the earth entirely by 2100 due to climate change, changing soil and sea levels, natural disasters and economic problems. It’s not too late, but these places may very well become the next Atlantis.
5. Beijing, China
The land under Beijing is sinking by as much as four inches per year because of the overconsumption of groundwater, according to research published in the journal Remote Sensing this month. The rate of sinking threatens “the safety of the public and urban infrastructure,” the study says.
Mexico City, the worlds’ third largest city with 18.7 million people, is sinking far more than experts had originally predicted. Scientists are alarmed by the extent to which Mexico City has sunk; over the last 100 years, parts of the city have sunk as much as forty-two feet
3. Venice, Italy
Venice may soon have to ditch its nickname of The Floating City – as it is sinking into the water more than five times quicker than previously thought. Venice sunk about 120mm in the 20th century due to natural and human causes.
London is actually sinking, but very slowly. The land is made mainly of sedimentary rocks and since erosion is becoming a big problem environmentally, London is starting to sink.
1. Washington D.C, USA
Washington, D.C., where the powers that reign over the United States reside, is sinking into the ocean. Scientists predict that the land underneath the nation’s capital will drop more than 6 inches in the next 100 years, according to new research from the University of Vermont and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
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