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Venice Battles Flooding – Will it survive after this tremendous challenge?

December 03, 2019

Recently, Venice flooding news has been the hottest news. If you are curious about this problem? Then, check out the article below to get detailed information.

The beauty of Venice
The beauty of Venice / Ph: Pexels@Maegan White

Venice is a strange and beautiful city in the north of Italy which plays an essential role in conserving the ancient Italian architecture, artwork, and so on. However, these days, it has been in a state of emergency as Venice battles flooding.

Why does Venice flood?

Why is Venice flooding 2019? That’s because of the exceptional tide peaks in the Adriatric Sea which cause a  phenomenon “acqua alta” or “high water”. After reaching the maximum level in the Venetian Lagoon, the tide runs around and through the city, causing flooding in the region.

Although, there are many factors leading to the tidal peaks,

Venice experiences a phenomenon “acqua alta” or “high water” due to exceptional tide peaks in the Adriatric Sea.

The tidal peaks reach their maximum level in the Venetian Lagoon, which runs around and through the city, causing flooding in the region.

So, what are the factors leading to the tidal peaks?

The main factors for this problem are the movement and phase of the moon, wind power and direction as well as rain level and rising sea-levels.

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Will Venice sink? Is Venice sinking or is the water rising?

Is Venice sinking or is the water rising? The fact is that global warming has caused the sea-level to increase. However, there also is fact Venice is sinking.

According to Luigi Cavaleri, an engineer at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Venice, Venice was sinking at a rate of one-fifth of an inch annually. That means that the city will suffer flooding more frequently.

Venice is sinking
Venice is sinking / Ph: Pexels@Pixabay

How does Venice survive?

So, how does venice survive? At the moment, it can only count on a massive barrier known as known as the Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico (MOSE)  that is guessed ready by 2021 or 2022.

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This barrier comes with three separate flood barriers, one at each of the three inlets of the lagoon. Each barrier has about 20 individual gates allowing them to fill with water in calm weather or floating up to the surface and then creating a barrier capable of stopping exceptionally high tides.

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