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Is Miami Beach turning into Venice, Italy?

By: Facundo Efimenco

Louis Fernandez walks along a flooded Collins Ave. from his apartment to a nearby restaurant, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Miami Beach, Fla. The street flooding was in part caused by high tides due to the lunar cycle, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The sea level at the beaches of Miami is rising. It shouldn’t be a surprise to Miami Beach locals on the flooding occurring near their homes. It should have been obvious that the sea level was going to rise; with the planet heating up we lose masses of land-based ice causing the sea level to rise. Another factor that is at fault for the sea level rising is thermal expansion. Thermal expansion is the tendency of matter to change in shape, area, and volume in response to a change in temperature, through heat transfer, and since water expands as it warms it would make thermal expansion a factor. The City of Miami beach has been dealing with floods for a constant while now, they are actually trying to adapt to the flooding’s and rising sea levels, with water pumps and elevating roads. These adaptions seem to be working efficiently, but for how long?

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