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Press Release 12-051

Global Sea Level Likely to Rise as Much as 70 Feet in Future Generations

Scientists looked back in time--in the geologic record--to see the future

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Map of the world showing areas in red inundated by a future sea level rise of six meters.

Earth with a sea level rise of six meters. Imagine a possible future rise of 70 feet.

Credit: NASA


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Photo of a gauge in a wetland that measures the rise of sea level.

How far will future sea level rise? New projections say 70 feet and counting.

Credit: NOAA


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Photo of water breaking on a wetland along the coastline.

Wetlands along U.S. coastlines and around the world are at risk from sea level rise.

Credit: NOAA


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Maps of the Mississippi delta of Louisiana showing areas that will go underwater as sea level rises.

As sea level rises, the coast of Louisiana begins to go underwater.

Credit: NASA


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Images of present day Florida on left and what Florida will look like in future with sea level rise.

Florida flooded: what the state may look like in decades to come.

Credit: NASA


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Satellite image of Virginia Beach, which is built largely on a barrier island.

Virginia Beach and other cities and towns built largely on barrier islands may be swamped.

Credit: NOAA


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