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1The tide rising over time 2How people handled the problem 3how they solved the problemBarriers Review of Turning the Tide by Joseph A Harriss from the Smithsonian In this article Joseph Harriss takes a trip to Venice and is sharing his thoughts about the city He goes into detail how the city is known for its canals and waterways that past through Venice He talks about how the canals and waterways are used for transportation and from time to time are known to have a few traffic jams As he admired the wonderful architecture of the city he began to ponder Would we be building so much on this island if we thought Venice was going to sink According to local legends the city was founded on March 25 421 and floods have been one of Venices oldest traditions The sea level around Venice has been changing over centuries To combat the problem pavement have been raised several times but it has been no match to the combination of sinking land and rising sea level During the 1930s industries started pumping aquifers under the city causing Venice to sink 4 inches This set off a chain reaction a century ago the square was covered by high tides seven times a year That number rose to twenty times a year in the 1950s and now occurs an average of fifty times annually When these high tides came in the townspeople would stack their possessions on top of each other so that they wouldnt get damaged Then the towns people had to wait up to eight hours to have the tide to recede On average it would cost a family about one months revenue to pay for damages and repairs to their home The Consorzio Venezia Nuova a group of Italian engineers and construction companies built a three billion dollar barrier of 79 mobile floodgates positioned at the lagoons three entrances When
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