Is Miami Doomed to Become Part of The Ocean Floor?

Miami’s once beautiful shores may no longer be visit-able in the future, unless you bring along a snorkel. Miami’s greatest attraction has always been its seaside; beautiful sandy beaches and loads of resorts that enable people to get in touch with the ocean, however, this city has always had a hard time dealing with floods, storms and rising tides. Lately, Miami’s population has started to face even more trouble from the ocean as water levels have begun to rise, people living close to the coastline have had an especially hard time as their routine is regularly disrupted by rains, floods and the ocean tides.

In fact, the coastline has been shrinking gradually for a while now, as a result, communities that have been inhabiting the coastline till now are being forced to look for new places to live as the ocean is steadily swallowing up their homes. Small businesses and homes lining the coastline have had to deal with the most trouble, due to the fact that most of them come from low income households and now they have to look for living spaces in more elevated areas. The worst part is that many displaced communities (such as little Haiti) are unable to keep up with the rising costs of living in more elevated areas.

Naturally, this increase in demand for land away from the coastline has resulted in real estate prices going even higher, the residents of Miami are bound to face difficult times in the coming days due to financial and societal issues being brought about by global warming. There have also been reports of a rise in water borne diseases as more waste water is beginning to seep into the ocean, which gets brought back to the coast during high tide.

By 2045, one fifth of Miami is expected to go underwater as sea levels are projected to rise by 1 foot. Miami is going to have an especially hard time with rising sea levels due to the fact that its coast’s bedrock consists of large amounts of limestone. Limestone is highly porous, meaning that it can allow salt water to seep further into the ground and start mixing with the area’s ground water reserves. High levels of salt water intrusion in the area’s ground water will result in its coastal plant life becoming less dense, this in turn, will lessen the coast’s ability to slow down strong winds coming from the ocean.

Basically, global warming is going to strike Miami from multiple angles, the city’s economy will suffer due to a loss of real estate around the coast, a decrease in tourist activity, a rise in health problems and the coast’s natural defences against flooding and storms going down. Fortunately, 2045 is still far off and we can do something about Miami’s future if we act right now, global warming is a daunting phenomenon, but we can prevent it from taking place by being more responsible.

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