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Engineers "float" islands to tackle rising sea level

Aug 10, 2017, 7:53 AM EDT
(Sources: KimManleyOrt/flickr)
(Sources: KimManleyOrt/flickr)

The engineers in The Netherlands, where two-thirds of the land lies below sea levels, are experimenting with a bold and innovative concept called “the floating mega-islands.” As rising sea levels swallow huge swathes of lands, structures made of wood and polystyrene would float over water surface, serving as ideal spaces for setting up city-sized settlements.

The idea of self-sustainable, floating ports and cities, tether to ocean floor, offers a better alternative to raising dikes and piling up layers of sand for creating artificial islands, notes Inhabitat.

Earlier in January, a California nonprofit, the Seasteading Institute, also announced a similar plan to build a city of floating islands in the South Pacific, writes The Seattle Times.

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