View Full Version : Goodbye to Venice..?

28-03-2012, 09:52
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Venice is sinking. New research by U.S. scientists suggests it is sinking more than five times faster than experts in Venice believe. Itís quite obvious to the naked eye (or rather, to the naked ankle when it floods) that parts of Venice are flooding more and more often.

But the question remains -- how long will it take before it turns from floating jewel to a playground for divers? The answer comes from a new research by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, expected to be published on Wednesday: Venice is still sinking, and sinking at a rate of up to two millimeters per year (0.08 inches)

Not only is the city being reclaimed by the waters that made it famous, it now looks like itís actually heading out to sea, as if the glorious capital of the former Maritime Venetian Republic is tired of being a tourist attraction and wants to die in the Adriatic. According to measurements taken over 10 years, Venice is also tilting a bit, about a millimeter or two eastward per year. www.msnbc.msn.com