The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 November 2005

Five feet high and rising

Italian experts from the University of Padua are proposing to keep Venice from sinking further by pumping sea water underneath the city, thereby making the sandy base on which it rests expand. After ten years of this, Venice is supposed to rise by 30 cm (not quite a foot), about as far as it has sunk in the past few centuries.

This operation will cost 100 million euros (about $120 million), a drop in the bucket compared to the ongoing 4.5-billion-euro floodgate-construction program.

In other news, New Orleans officials are reported to be exploring the possibility of towing the city on a very large barge across the Gulf of Mexico to somewhere south of Corpus Christi, Texas.

(Via Fark)

Posted at 7:52 AM to Dyssynergy


Just how long has VENECE been sinking?

Posted by: spurwing plover at 5:10 PM on 24 November 2005

At least a thousand years; a study by the city says it will drop another 20-50 cm by the year 2050 unless something's done.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:17 PM on 24 November 2005

They stopped the leaning tower from falling over, they can probably save Venice, too. New Orleans on a barge? Haul it to Jersey, we'll find a spot for it.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 11:16 PM on 24 November 2005