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Acqua Alta!

Found on the Guardian, a century of pictures of Venice during high water periods.  For the record, no, don’t go swimming in Piazza San Marco during high water.  Please.  Putting aside the microbial soup you’re swaddling yourself in, it’s not much more respectful of the place than the tourists who’ve been spotted camping in tents in piazze, locking padlocks on bridges, carving their names into monuments, or doing some of the even more unmentionable things tourists have done to behave badly in Venice of late.  They put those temporary footbridges up for a reason!

Venice Flood 1927

Lifting Venice? With Water?

This article on NatGeo is an interesting read.   Paradoxically, the solution to Venice’s water problem might be more water.    Apparently part of the city’s problem (beyond the sea level rise caused by climate change and the city just sinking under its own weight) is the depletion of naturally occurring aquifers under the city; the porous sediments under Venice were depleted for industrial water water use for a couple decades last century, and undoing the damage therein would “float” the city closer to its previous but still precarious position.  Neat.  And worth doing!