Re: If all the ice melted...

Date: Sun Jul 01 2001 - 16:36:37 MDT

In a message dated 7/1/01 3:24:56 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> From my
> calculations, filling the Caspian basin up to a level of 200 meters
> above sea level (its surface is now at ~200 below sea level as I recall)
> would reqire no dam construction to retain the water, and filling it to
> that altitude would mitigate a minimum of 1.2 meters, to perhaps as much
> as a full 2 meters of sea level in the rest of the world. How much
> depends on how much the added water depresses the landscape.
Technically it's doable but you would have to pay
Russia., Azerbaijan, and Khazakstan astronomical
sums of money to justify flooding so much of their
land. A couple of other countries would have
non-trivial compensation requests too. Your proposal
just points out the huge costs of even small changes
in sea level.

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