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Sinking City of Venice

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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

See the Gates in Action
In this video, see how a wall of hinged barriers at each of the three entrances to the lagoon would rise to collectively hold back the sea during extreme high tides. Statistics about gate dimensions, weight, project costs, and more are provided in a text sidebar. (QuickTime or RealPlayer plugin required; illustrated transcript narration available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Weighing the Solutions
Read about why Venice is facing increasing flooding, the effect of the high tides on the city, and the plans to cope with the problems in this article by John Keahey, author of "Venice Against the Sea." (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Venice Under Siege
Click on highlighted areas of three satellite photographs to learn about the various hazards facing the city, lagoon, and region of Venice. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.)

What Causes the Tides?
Step through an animated explanation of tides in this online activity. Information on tidal curiosities, such as why the biggest tides happen when the moon is full, is provided in a text sidebar. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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Program Transcript
Complete narration for the TV program.

Teacher's Guide
Sinking City of Venice
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