Connect with us

National

Terrawatch: cities that change the shape of the planet – The Guardian

The weight of buildings in dense urban areas can lead to subsidence, with effects particularly marked by the coast

Published

on

TerrawatchThe weight of buildings in dense urban areas can lead to subsidence, with effects particularly marked by the coast
Its well known that ice sheets are heavy enough to bend the underlying rocks, but what about cities? Are some cities capable of reshaping the bit of planet they sit on?
By 2050 around 70% of Earths population are projected to live in cities. This set Tom Parsons, a geophysicist with the United States Geological Survey, to wondering if the associated redistribution of mass…

Click here to view the original article.