Thursday, December 4, 2008

a city afloat

In high school, I did a project on how Venice is sinking. The city is actually built upon a series of small islands in a lagoon off of the Adriatic Sea, so is naturally prone to low-level flooding. The buildings are stabilized by wooden piles in the sediment underwater and the foundations are subject to "sinking" when water levels rise.
I find it endearing that Venetians continue about their everyday lives despite the inches of water that routinely flood the city, as evidenced by this picture of gondoliers enjoying breakfast while knee-deep in water during the recent flood.

It's as if they don't even acknowledge that water is there.

picture from National Geographic

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