This $7 Billion System Might Be The Last Chance To Stop Venice From Sinking Into The Sea

April 19, 2012   ·   0 Comments


Venice has been regularly flooded by high tide, or ‘acqua alta’ for centuries. But the problem may be getting worse, a recent study suggests.

The city continues to sink about 0.08 inches each year, the report in the March issue of Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems claims. This contradicts previous studies, according to Italian newspaper Il Gazzettino. What’s worse, Venice is also apparently tilting eastward.

And while some question the report’s methodology, the Italian government is not taking any chances. It’s new multi-billion dollar machine, built to combat the invasive sea waters, will make its debut next year. But is it all it’s cracked up to be? We take a look…

Venice sank 11 inches in the last century.

The city stretches across numerous islands in the Venetian lagoon along the Adriatic Sea. At high tide (acqua alta), parts of the city are flooded, and global warming and groundwater pumping is causing Venice to sink.

(Source: National Geographic)

The City has been working on a plan since the Great Flood of 1966.

5,000 people were displaced and $6 billion worth of artwork was damaged.

(Source: BBC)

Italy’s biggest public works project was finally approved by then-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in 2003.

(Source: NPR)

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