Built along the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s capital may soon be on the verge of sinking. Scientists believe that Washington D.C. may drop by six or more inches over the next century. As sea levels rise, researchers have seen that tide gauges have shown that the sea level along the Chesapeake has been rising at twice the global average, and more rapid than anywhere else on the East Coast.

Researchers did intensive drilling along the coastal plains in Maryland where they combined drilling data with high-resolution LiDAR and GPS map data to create 3d portrait of the current and previous postal-geological periods. This extended to over several million years.

The research indicates that Washington D.C. is sinking and only continues to highlight the problem of taking adequate steps to avoid more flooding issues as sea levels continue to rise nationwide.

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