Saturday, September 22, 2007

Los Angeles Submerged

If the sea rises by a meter over the next hundred years (as scientists predict it will), how does that affect Los Angeles?

A report from Arizona University's Dept. of Geosciences has kicked off a flurry of news stories. Accompanying maps show how coastlines around the world will be affected by the one meter rise.

At first glance, Los Angeles appears to be off the hook, but zoom in closer. The red areas indicate low areas that will be submerged by a one-meter rise in sea level. White areas show the population density.

Instructions for reading the map are intimidating, and the map takes forever to load.

If you're interested, the Netherlands is soggy toast. Better go see Amsterdam while you can.

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