The Attacking Ocean

The Attacking Ocean

The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels by Brian Fagan

By Erin Wayman, 15:55 PM August 9, 2013

The threat of rising seas is not new. Since the last Ice Age began windingdown 15,000 years ago, the ocean has ascended 120 meters in a series of pulses. But when the world was thinly populated, small bands of hunter-gatherers could pick up and go when the sea surged. Now that hundreds of millions of people are settled in crowded coastal cities, the rising seas predicted for a warming world are more dangerous than ever, argues Fagan, an archaeologist.

Fagan chronicles the history of the climbi...

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