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Sinking City of Venice

Venice Under Siege


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"The rate at which Venice is going is about that of a lump of sugar in hot tea." So declared John Ruskin, the 19th-century critic and author of The Stones of Venice. While this beloved Italian city is not disappearing quite that quickly, it is sinking and disintegrating at a pace that disheartens Venetians and visitors alike. Using three satellite views of Venice and its surroundings, familiarize yourself with the various perils that are combining like disparate armies in a coordinated attack on this historic city and its no less historic lagoon. For a discussion of current and planned remedies to these ills, see Weighing the Solutions. —Peter Tyson

Venice Under Siege

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