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The World - Rising Sea Level, first map of its kind on such a scale and level of complexity, depicts our planet as it would look without its polar ice caps, with sea levels 260 ft higher as they are today.
This world map, inspired by a wide variety of historical maps, aims for bringing the best of traditional cartography to a contemporary setting, while reminding us about the dangers of global warming and subsequent climate change.
This map is designed in our vintage-style “decorative” theme, and serves as a perfect decoration for any household, office or school.
The poster includes one full large detailed map of the world, 2 major maps showcasing northern and southern polar regions and 6 detailed minimaps: vulnerability to climate change, 2010 climate, 2010 summer temperatures, 2100 climate, 2100 summer temperatures and 2100 changes in moisture and precipitation. Information panels outside the main map show 2013 population by country 2100 population by country, countries with highest and lowest fertility rates, largest urban areas(highlighting those that are below sea level or in high enviromental risk)
Dramatically depicting the devastation caused by the 260 feet sea level rise, the map also shows present shorelines for better understanding and effect. The cities that would be submerged after the sea level rise, can be easily distinguished from the rest by a different label mark and color tinting.
According to recent studies, there is enough ice in Earth's polar caps to cause about 250-300 ft(80 - 100 m) rise of the sea level. Result of such an event would be catastrophic to human civilization and earth's biosphere. More than 75% of the world's population lives below 300 ft above the sea level, including the vast majority of all large metropolitan areas.
Although this scenario is extremely unlikely to happen within our lifetimes, the truth is, that climate is going to change sharply. Unless we limit our CO2 emissions to bare minimum, Earth will be more than 4 degrees warmer in the year 2100 as it is now. Such a rise in temperature would be destructive to environment and human civilization as well.
As the warming gradually progresses, we will experience more and more extreme weather events. Hurricanes, typhoons and massive floods will occur more frequently and on a much more devastating scale. World's deserts will expand, engulfing areas as large as the entire continent of Australia, including Southern Europe, the Caribbean and entire southeast of Africa.
In spite of all this, there is still a way to prevent all this from happening. If we limit our greenhouse gas emissions to bare minimum, we can still save our environment and our civilization from the worst.
I like the map but there are no numbers here. What would the square miles or kilometers be. I am also interested in permafrost and it would be nice if that could be included somehow on the map. I do see a side map of the Antarctic in the upper left corner. That is a nice touch. Oh. And a view of the Polar Sea on the upper left. It isn't clear what I see on my computer monitor in regards to the seas. As to square miles or square kilometers, it would be nice to see what that would be for each continent.
Beautifully done. A great deal of information is expressed in the confines of this rectangle. I like maps with a "traditional" look and this map resonated with tradition and convention in terms of appearance. Most definitely a map that I would recommend as a required for purchase and display in every school and government office.
One minor quibble, I think the Dead Sea Basin might flood (might), since it has flooded several times during high sea levels in previous geological eras (as recently as 25,000-12,000 YBP). The valley that runs from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Dead Sea is not very high. I cannot find detailed information for the precise figures for the strata and altitudes, but I know it lays below 300 m above sea level. I also know that the valley itself between the Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea is sedimentary fill and therefore porous, so a high sea level would eventually percolate into the Dead Sea Basin, but the time required might be several millennia and may result in something artesian in nature.
Reflections of LightJune's feature is about the splendid beauty of nature at peace, of water and clouds, birds and flowers, the beauty that is inside each of us, and our ability to shape the world to reflect the beauty of our Creator.Thank you and have a great week! -Debra
Have a blessed month, thank you for looking! -Debra
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All of the extra detailing around the map could take hours to read. While it is unclear if most of this is meant to represent current data or year 2100 data, it is still fascinating to read.