Miami Could Lose 10 Percent of its Land by 2100 Due to Rising Sea Levels

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Miami Beach will mostly be underwater in less than 90 years according to a new report out of the University of Arizona. The new reports suggest that by 2100 more than 10 percent of Miami's land mass could be underwater thanks to an estimated 1 meter rise in sea levels. South Florida as we know it will probably be a total Atlantis sometime with in the next six centuries.

The University of Arizona researches expect sea levels to rise at least one meter by 2100. Most of Miami Beach, Key Biscayne and the several surrounding islands could be underwater by then along with portions of the mainland coast and several low lying inland areas.

The researches also expect sea level to continue to rise at about one meter every century. That means that most of Miami-Dade will be underwater before the time the next millennium roles around.

The loss in land is attributed to global warming.

"With the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions, the projections are that the global average temperature will be 8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than present by 2100," said Jeremy L. Weiss, a senior research specialist in a release.

Miami isn't alone though. Cities like New Orleans, Tampa, and Virginia Beach could also see major land loss by 2100.

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