Hilton Head…is done for…

As a resident of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, I realize the importance of it staying ABOVE water. In the event of a hurricane, the highest point of my homeland is a hill…on a golf course…which is six feet above sea level. There is evidence, however, saying that Hilton Head may not be an island for long. An international team of environmental scientists led by the University of Pennsylvania has shown that the sea is rising along the Atlantic Coast of the United States is 2 millimeters faster in the 20th century than at any time in the past 4,000 years. What does this mean for us? It means I will have to scuba dive to my front door. Maybe not any time soon but a couple hundred/thousand years from now, it will be no more. I’ll be dead by then, so I’m not too heartbroken but it’s weird to think about the whole place being underwater. “There is universal agreement that sea level will rise as a result of global warming but by how much, when and where it will have the most effect is unclear,” said Benjamin P. Horton, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Penn. “Such information is vital to governments, commerce and the general public. An essential prerequisite for accurate prediction is understanding how sea level has responded to past climate changes and how these were influenced by geological events such as land movements.” With the giant ice shelf floating towards Australia, I’m beginning to see some truth in the fact that the ice is melting more than normal. There is so much unknown to scientists, so the only way to know about the way the ocean rises is to look at the past. Since the 20th century was a time relatively near to us, we are able to see some trends that are fairly reliable. This, in turn helps us see any trends in melting that could occur from our excessive use of Hummers. So, moral of the story is, drive a Prius, or I’m out of a home. 🙂

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One Response to Hilton Head…is done for…

  1. thefinch26 says:

    That’s interesting to hear about there study that they are doing at the University of Pennsylvania showing how the sea level is rising much faster on the Atlantic side compared to the other ocean. It’s also hard to believe the highest point in the area is only 6 feet above sea level.

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