New York is sinking
- on May 23, 2023
New York City, with its sky-high skyscrapers, is slowly sinking under the weight of its buildings, according to a new study.
A team of researchers led by Tom Parsons, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), found that the city is sinking at a rate of 1 to 2 millimeters per year, the New York Post reported today. The paper was published in the latest issue of the environmental journal Earth’s Future.
In some areas, such as southern Manhattan, the rate of subsidence is as much as twice as fast, according to the paper. The researchers blame human-made structures for the sinking of New York, which is located on the east coast of the United States. The combined weight of the nearly one million buildings across New York is estimated to be 770 million tons메이저놀이터. Considering that the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, weighs more than 11,000 tons, the equivalent of 70,000 Eiffel Towers is weighing down New York City.
This land subsidence, combined with rising sea levels due to warming, could exacerbate the city’s submergence crisis, the researchers warn. Sea levels surrounding New York have risen about 22 centimeters since 1950.
In fact, the city has been experiencing frequent flooding of subways and homes due to inadequate drainage during recent rains. New York City is made up of five boroughs, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, four of which are located on islands. The research team noted that repeated flooding poses a safety concern because the steel structures that anchor buildings to the ground can rust from exposure to salt water.