Rising tides, sinking cities

Source(s): Turkish Radio and Television Corporation
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By Azaera Amza 

The rate at which ... cities are sinking is severe, according to a 2013 report published by Deltares. Deltares is an independent institution based in the Netherlands, that researches subsurfaces and water, using information it collects to work with governments, businesses and other research institutes. 

The report shows that between 1990 to 2013, Jakarta has experienced a lowering of its land by 200cm. Certain areas of New Orleans have dropped 113cm. Coastal cities, like New Orleans, are prone to a higher rate of sinkage due to the presence of softer soil.  A recently published study found that Beijing is sinking at a rate of  nearly 11cm a year.  

Although the rates vary, one thing is clear: cities across the world are sinking lower while sea levels are rising. This means that cities are due to go underwater sooner than we think.

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