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What will Jacksonville look like if glaciers melt? Here’s your answer

Toni Koraza

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Jacksonville is one of the uppermost cities in Florida. In this city, resorts and golf clubs offer their members some of the most exclusive and gorgeous beaches.

What would happen if all ice on Earth melts? Beautiful beaches, like the ones in Jacksonville, would no longer exist. Golf clubs, tourist destinations, and families in Jacksonville would need to relocate.

Imagine a life where these beautiful places no longer exist because they are beneath sea level.

What is Causing the Ice to Melt?

Glaciers like the Thwaits glacier are melting due to warmer climates. These glaciers are not receiving enough snow per year, so they are melting away in the ocean. Thwaits glacier contributes at least 4% to the rising sea level.

Melting glaciers are putting historic parks like Timucaun's ecological and historic preserve at risk of flooding. It also threatens to submerge these beaches.

  • Neptune Beach
  • Jacksonville Beach
  • Atlantic Beach

Let's take a look at what Jacksonville will look like if the seas continue to rise.

The map above lets you adjust the water level in feet and meters. If you switch to meters, you can see Jacksonville's future in case of water rising up to 100 feet (30 meters).

Should You Be Concerned?

We tend to not concern ourselves with future problems. The future is hard to imagine, especially if it's not our future.

Even though the most severe flooding will not happen for several decades, there will still be a significant impact during our lifetime. Here are some areas in Jacksonville that will be flooded.

Within the next 30 years, homes along the coast of Jacksonville will need to relocate. Businesses like the Jacksonville zoo will shut down because it has a 64% chance of flooding at least 4 ft. Experts predict this will happen by 2050.

The rising sea level is just one of the concerns in this scenario. Think about the forced migration and hindered economic output. Real estate markets would suffer another shock. Many would be left moving further inland, inflating the prices of accommodation while competing for the local jobs.

Are you worried about rising sea levels?

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