Washington, DC is sinking fast – literally

July 30, 2015 12:46 PM

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Washington, DC is sinking fast – literally

It’s a common theme when discussing Washington, DC to suggest that the political environment sinks lower every year, slowly descending to a level where barely-sentient politicians fling poo at one another. It’s also a popular joke that Washington, DC is build on an unstable swamp. One of those things is definitely not true, but nonetheless geologists from the University of Vermont have found that the land under the Chesapeake Bay – including Washington, DC – is literally sinking.

The researchers say the region could sink six or more inches in the next 100 years, which would add to the area’s already troublesome problem of rising sea levels.

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