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04 August 2010 :: 17:08:14 pm 34311

Potential Disappearance of Bangkok Under Water

According to research studies and calculations, Thailand’s capital Bangkok may disappear within 100 years under sea water. This prediction comes from calculations made between Thai based and European Union Institute researchers, working on a geodynamic project called ‘Geodetic Earth Observation Technology for Thailand: Environmental Change, Detection and Investigation’.
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The prediction is the result from calculations made after research studies indicate that land in Bangkok subsides approximately one centimeter annually with warnings that current flood prevention measures in the city are not adequate enough to prevent such a thing happening.

Fifteen year old data from satellites indicated that the earths’ plates have been slowly lifting according to Chulalongkorn University’s Survey Engineer Department, but the 2004 Tsunami which resulted from the earthquakes in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, has caused a shrinkage of the movements of around one centimeter annually, while the subsidence of layers of soil have continued to subside – data that has matched that from the Royal Thai Survey Department

When comparing land subsidence ratio to that of Bangkok which is at present only one meter above sea level, current estimates predict that in a hundred years, the land under the Thai capital could sink as low as sea level, affecting the banks of the Chao Phraya River first.

Ground level in and around areas of Bangkok are at present only a few centimeters above  sea level which is rising quickly, causing soil and sand to subside and the tectonics to move apart.  (Tectonic   plates, refers to the forces within the earth that causes movement of the crust.)

The worrying thing is the sea level in the Gulf of Thailand is continually rising which is also shown in data dating as far back as 30 years, showing that the sea level in the Gulf has been continually rising at the pace of 4mm per year. Global warming plays a large part in rising sea levels causing glaciers to melt, enlarging the oceans.

It has been said that the patterns of air flow and changes in the oceans currents have generated higher waves with the South Pole having waves of over 10 meters, almost as high as those of a Tsunami.

Although research has produced these findings, they have yet to determine when the Thai capital will enter its critical stage of becoming a lost city. A second stage of this research is yet to be conducted for a more accurate forecast, but a solution is not found soon, migration to other parts of the country may be in order to ensure our children’s safety and survival before the capital becomes part of the ocean.

Myfanawy Evans

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