Venice canals dry up overnight (video)

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Venice canals run dry in February 2021. Picture via Youtube video

An exceptional low tide left Venice’s famous canals almost dry yesterday, with traditional gondolas and boats effectively beached as water levels reached a peak of -48 cm, creating an unusual landscape in the lagoon city.

Due to the combined effects of the full moon and high pressure, canals dried up, hindering transport and security in a large part of the historic city.

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Venice canals run dry in February 2021. Picture via Youtube video

An even worse ‘drought event’ occurred in 2018, when the water levels reached -83cm below the threshold. Venice also experienced a similar low tide phenomenon in 2020, during which water levels reached -45cm.

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Venice canals run dry in February 2021. Picture via Youtube video

Venice, beloved around the world for its canals, historic architecture and art, has always lived in a fragile balance between low and high tides, that usually create variations of around 50cm in sea levels.

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Venice canals run dry in February 2021. Picture via Youtube video

Flooding is a constant concern in the city built on a collection of small islands within a saltwater lagoon off the north-eastern coast of Italy, with every new incursion damaging its medieval and Renaissance palaces.

Venice’s floods are caused by a combination of factors, exacerbated by climate change — from rising sea levels and unusually high tides to land subsidence that has caused the ground level of the city to sink.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Probably a good thing. I drain my duck pond, and use the sediments as an organic mulch. Then when I refill the pond, the water cleans up for a while.

    All that canal water probably needs a cleaning up by Mother Nature. Probably coin money laying around in that muck. You could take a metal detector out and find all kinds of stuff.

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