Your Fault: Northeast Subsiding At “Alarming Rate”

This is your fault for eating food and drinking water

East Coast cities are sinking at an alarming rate, new research warns: ‘Impacts are real’

New York City is reaching an all-time low — literally.

New research reveals dramatic concern that the Big Apple, Long Island and many more Atlantic coastal regions face an inevitable risk of sinking under the weight of their buildings at an alarming rate.

“It affects you and I and everyone. It may be gradual, but the impacts are real,” Virginia Tech professor and researcher Manoochehr Shirzaei said.

Other metropolitan areas like Baltimore, Maryland, along with Norfolk and Virginia Beach in Virginia, were also flagged as worrisome coastal areas prone to dangerous flooding as a result of the sinking land.

The new study, published in Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, highlights that the rate of sinking — scientifically called subsidence — is occurring at a staggering 2 millimeters per year in many areas.

That’s the average. Some places are subsiding much more than others. What’s the cause? There are natural causes, but, one of the biggest ones is from pumping water out from underground, so, yes, it does have human causation. There is also a theory that the land rebound after the glaciers melted has since reversed to go back to where it should be.

The Virginia Tech study warns that more than 1,400 miles of East Coast terrain is sinking at a rate of more than 5 millimeters annually.

That’s four more than the rate of global sea rise.

So, obviously, the climate cult is using this to prognosticate even more doom, because, that’s what they do. In reality, the sinking land makes the sea rise look higher than it actually is. And sea rise is expected during a typical Holocene warm period. Though, one would expect much more than the Earth has been experiencing.

One question, though, is what do we do to get water to reduce subsistence?

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11 Responses to “Your Fault: Northeast Subsiding At “Alarming Rate””

  1. Dana says:

    Oh, no, the sky is falling!

    The new study, published in Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, highlights that the rate of sinking — scientifically called subsidence — is occurring at a staggering 2 millimeters per year in many areas.

    A “staggering 2 millimeters per year”, huh? Two millimeters equals 0.0787402 inch. Yes, I know, math is raaaaacist, but doing the math tells us that it will take 12.69999 years for the land to subside one inch.

  2. Dana says:

    The earth’s rotation has speeded up a tiny bit as well, and that, too affects the shape of the planet.

    Planet-sized bodies are physically dynamic. Even the ones which are geologically dead try to form a perfect sphere, counterbalances somewhat by their rotation, which causes them to flatten slightly at the poles of axis and get wider at the equator of rotation. Earth used to rotate much faster, and has normally been slowing down by tiny amounts, but things can, and do, change.

    Earth’s mass is also changing, being reduced by the burning of fossil fuels, as some of the mass of fossil fuels is converted to energy, but the planet’s mass is also increasing as we are constantly bombarded by dust and small rock from space, which adds to the surface of the earth. Things change all the time.

    But I’m sure it’s all Donald Trump’s fault, so . . . .

  3. Wylie1 says:

    I have a suggestion for academics who are stoking fear hoping to wrangle federal grants to study the earth sinking: Move on top of a volcano.

  4. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Nothing to see here, folks.

    Coastal lands are sinking and the sea is rising. What could possibly go wrong?

    The answer is as obvious as it is simple. Build a wall along the East coast. We have the technology. All we need is the will!! Build The Wall!!!

    I blame the giant windmills for making the Earth spin faster! Just like propellers on a plane! Or it could be all the runners nowadays. If too many run the same direction they make the big ball spin faster.

    Anyway, many of us will be dead in 12.69999 years so it’s not our problem. Plus we don’t live on the East Coast!!! Don’t worry, be happy, and let the grandkids figger it out.

    It’s all part of Allah’s plan.

  5. unklc says:

    Subsiding or subducting? Both are natural phenomena with similar characteristics and different causations.
    There has been a lot of storm surge in the northeast lately, but no reports of Plymouth Rock being permanently under water.

    • JimS says:

      If it’s actually happening, it would almost have to be subsistence. Subduction occurs at plate boundaries, and the boundary between the North American plate and the Eurasian one is way out in the mid-Atlantic. It’s not a subduction boundary either, it’s the spreading type.

      • unklc says:

        Probably, if it’s really happening. However, unlike David’s trace gas, geology is not a “settled science”. I’m no geologist and have had to deal with subsidence, but it usually had to do with soil mechanics and water, either too much or not enough. There have been some very recent updates in some geological thinking, but mostly involving the northwest. This should be watched with a wary eye, remember the coming ice age in the 1970’s that turned into global warming and then into climate change.

  6. david7134 says:

    All this secondary to a trace gas for which no one can explain how. But if your coast is eroding, move.

  7. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Mr Teach typed: is what do we do to get water to reduce subsistence?

    Not sure what Mr Teach was trying to say but the word is subsidence not subsistence.

    subsidence = the gradual caving in or sinking of an area of land.

    Global warming is causing the seas to rise but is unlikely to cause the land to sink.

  8. James Lewis says:

    Chicken Little Man

    5 millimeters is 1/3 of an inch..

    2 milliMETERS is .112 of an inch or less than a quarter inch…

    BTW – Any of those islands predicted to be covered in water gone?

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