(StraightNews.org) — New York City is physically sinking under the weight of its skyscraper buildings, Fox Business reported. The buildings reportedly have a collective weight of 1.7 trillion pounds.
New York is sinking “approximately” 1-2mm on average every year, The Guardian reported.
The idea of New York sinking sparked speculation. Concern has risen over the slow sinking, which impacts Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, Fox 5 reported. As New York sinks, there is reportedly greater exposure to the seawater that could “weaken” the building’s foundations.
Bill Weir with CNN explained a recent geographic study that tracked the impact of New York’s island foundation sinking under the weight of the many structures built on it. The study was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and was published in a scientific journal called Earth’s Future.
Scientists have explained that New York’s constant state of sinking “cannot be stopped,” New York Post reported. In that case, scientists suggested turning the city into a “modern Venice,” referring to a city in Italy that has similar sinking conditions it is attempting to avoid, BBC reported.
The climate expert scientists who explained that New York is sinking stated that the City, particularly Lower Manhattan, will be “underwater” in “less than 80 years,” New York Post reported. The science reports stated that Manhattan will be particularly prone to natural disasters as a result of the sinking. At the same time, scientists report rising sea levels that could contribute to the conditions of Manhattan’s sinking problem, New York Post reported.
The geophysicist Klaus Jacob was quoted explaining that there could be as much of a rise in sea levels as “6 feet” by “the end of the century,” New York Post reported. Several factors reportedly contribute to the possibility that parts of New York will be underwater by the end of the century. For that reason, Jacob explained that the best way to combat the conditions would be to make way for “the higher ground,” New York Post reported. Jacobs explained that, while this would be ideal, Lower Manhattan is not going to be able to “move skyscrapers” to higher ground, so this form of escapism is “not going to happen.”
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