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Venice Against the Sea: A City Besieged

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Venice is sinking—six feet over the past 1,000 years.

The reasons for this are many. Although there is a natural geologic tendency for some sinking, humans have exacerbated the problem by exploiting on a massive scale underground water resources for industrial purposes. Coupled with these events—and perhaps most significant—are climatic changes all over the globe. The heati
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 20th 2002 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Jennyb
Jan 05, 2015 Jennyb rated it it was ok
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I rarely write off books as being boring, but this one was a hard slog, I can tell you. It is about how rising sea levels and more frequent floods are affecting Venice, and what the Italian government is (or, more aptly, is not) doing about it. The short summary of their efforts is that they spent 30 years arguing over whether to build an eye-poppingly expensive system of mobile gates to protect the lagoon's entrances against Adriatic high tides. As of writing 10 years ago, initiation of the pro ...more
Annie Rachele
Aug 14, 2014 Annie Rachele rated it it was amazing
One of the most intriguing books I ever read.
Read it and you'll be talking about it, at all dinner parties.
The mysteries of Venice are somewhat revealed, at least what's a foot under the water,
and how to stop the saline deterioration of building structures...

our treasured miracle city, palaces built on water
Tom Olmsted
Jun 24, 2015 Tom Olmsted rated it really liked it
Good read on how man changing the environment around Venice and global warming is causing more frequent and higher floods of this historic city and some of the solutions proposed.
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