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Venice Offers Lessons on Coping with Rising Seas

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« on: January 08, 2008, 06:37:22 am »

A boat ride in the Venice lagoon is a discovery of how humans and nature have created one the world's most extraordinary experiments.

Starting in the 16th century, the Venetians diverted major rivers outside of the lagoon to prevent silt from filling it up.

Left alone, lagoons like the one in Venice either tend to dry up and become land or they are overwhelmed by the sea and turn into bays.

The lagoon covers 212 square miles. Along with the city of Venice in the center, there are some 50 smaller islands, as well as dozens of mudflats and sandbanks havens for thousands of aquatic birds that flock here even in winter.

This delicate and fragile ecosystem is the largest wetland in the Mediterranean.

If Venice is to be saved, the lagoon must be protected.

But today, rising seas threaten the Venice lagoon. All along the Grand Canal, windows of buildings near sea level have been closed and filled with cement.

"Those windows have been closed as they are too much exposed to the waters," says Francesca de Pol of Consorzio Venezia Nuova, the consortium entrusted with the task of safeguarding Venice.
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