A new study by Jerry Mitrovica of the University of Toronto and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, establishes evidence for a much different outcome of global warming as has been previously indicated. Using scaled models, Mitrovica and his team were able to show how sea levels would rise due to global warming and mass melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet. What they found was Mother Nature and Father Gravity may indeed favor some coastal areas more than others!
This new research makes the reasonable claim that the rise in sea level will not be as uniform around the globe as has been previously thought, but rather an intermittent flooding of certain areas depending on the various shifts in gravitation, earth's rotation, and the bedrock on the ocean floor. So, who should be the first to go under in terms of this new research...
Let's take a look!Before we go any further, it is important to note that Mitrovica's research does not offer evidence in favor or against global warming, but rather looks at the effects that would take place if that scenario were ever to come to fruition.
Who'll Be the First to Go UnderMitrovica:
The net effect of all of these processes is that if the West Antarctic ice sheet collapses, the rise in sea levels around many coastal regions will be as much as 25 percent more than expected, for a total of between six and seven meters (20 and 23 feet) if the whole ice sheet melts. That's a lot of additional water, particularly around such highly populated areas as Washington, D.C., New York City, and the California coastline.
Six or Seven meters of water for those of you who don't have an elevation, gravitation, and earth rotational map handy, would produce an veritable Atlantis scenario for the U.S. Capital. It may not be as close to the coastline as other areas, but its swampy nature and Chesapeake Bay connection would make it very vulnerable to a drastic change in sea level. Besides Washington D.C., New York, and California, a host of other areas would become ocean floor. We're talking about such areas as the Southern side of Florida and Louisiana, as well a sizable portion of the entire West Coast of North America.