Why are Sea Waters Rising?
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The paper discusses the dynamics of rising sea levels and looks at predictions on the changes in sea level and on how this will affect the coastline of North Carolina. The paper explains that this depends on the elevation of the particular shoreline in question, and those in charge of roads, structures, farmland and other low-lying vulnerable places inland in North Carolina will need to consider whether these areas and assets will be left alone to be reclaimed by the sea. The paper also discusses concerns on the saltwater intrusion into water supplies, and quotes one individual's belief that engineering structures cannot hold back the ocean.
From the Paper:"An article in the journal Civil Engineering (Cardno, 2009, p. 25) references a report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asserting that in the Middle Atlantic states the threat of rising sea levels is a reality. The only question to be asked is - the "most fundamental choice that people face" - is whether to try to hold back the ocean, or let "nature take its course," Cardno writes.
"The Middle Atlantic states was chosen for this EPA study because it has both "economically developed areas" and "ecologically sensitive regions" along the coastline. And so the big task for local and state governmental officials is how to sustain the economic growth of the many coastal developments while at the same time protecting the shoreline.
"Cardno explains that about forty-four percent of the population of the world lives within 150 kilometers of the ocean; hence, there are "formidable challenges" to all those region around the globe as the seas slowly but surely rise year after year. The terms that scientists use in describing the rise in sea levels are "global sea level rise" and "relative sea level rise," Cardno explains. The global rise is the average increase in the sea level around the world caused by two sources: one is "thermal expansion of water as it heats"; and the second cause is "significant melting of "land-based ice" (Cardno, p. 25)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Associated Press. "Rising sea waters threaten N.C.'s coastline." Retrieved February 2, 2011,From www.ap.org. 2011.
- Cardno, Catherine A. "Rising Sea Levels Spur EPA Report on Middle Atlantic Coastline." Civil Engineering, 2009.
- Parkinson, Randall W. "Adapting to Rising Sea Level: A Florida Perspective." Sustainability,Vol. 1157, 19-25. 2009.
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