Re: If all the ice melted...

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Mon Jul 02 2001 - 07:21:45 MDT wrote:
> 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.

Assuming that this doesn't just occur naturally. Note that the water
level of the Caspian has risen by 211 cm in the last 30 years...

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