Sinking Faster

May 31st, 2006 by Editor B

Well, this sucks. Scientists report that parts of New Orleans are sinking “four or five times faster than the rest of the city,” at a rate of an inch or more per year.

3 Responses to “Sinking Faster”

  1. Markus Says:

    Damn, a map would have been nice. I could calculate precisely the subsidence rate of 17 Egret St., since my father put some sixty odd pillings unde the house, and it is now for all practical purposes raised close to over a foot above grade.

    I’m going to have to go back and have a look (based on my memory of putting up a row of bricks around the side and front steps when the house went on the market in the late 1970s, indicating subsidence of a few inches in about fifteen years, and see what the intervening almost 30 years have gone. My recollection is that is effectively a raised house, but I’d have to go back and measure to try to figure out if the rate has increased.

  2. Editor B Says:

    Here’s a map.

  3. Scott Says:

    I wonder if the high rate of subsidence is caused by severe drought we’re experiencing?

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