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A change in the Moon’s orbit will cause exceptional flooding on Earth

Climate change and this lunar « oscillation » are a dangerous combination for coastal cities, according to NASA.

The Moon's orbit creates periods of high or low tide at a rate of approximately 18.6 years.  |  Ganapathy Kumar via Unsplash
The Moon’s orbit creates periods of high or low tides at a rate of about 18.6 years. | Ganapathy Kumar  via Unsplash

NASA scientists say that an « oscillation » of the orbit of the moon will greatly worsen maritime flooding from the next decade. Research, carried out in collaboration with the University of Hawaii, shows that this lunar oscillation will cause an increase in the number of floods, which will considerably disrupt daily life and damage the infrastructure of coastal cities, accustomed to much more flooding. weak and less frequent.

When the phenomenon starts, cities on the coast could suddenly be flooded three or four times more often than today, according to the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change last month . These repeated disasters could pose a real infrastructure problem on coastlines around the world, Futurism says . A somewhat grim reminder of the close relationship the Earth has with its natural satellites.

A natural phenomenon, made dangerous by global warming

Live Science reminds us that the change in the Moon’s orbit is in fact a perfectly natural cycle, which has always taken place and will continue to occur long after our disappearance. The Moon’s orbit creates periods of high or low tides at a rate of about 18.6 years.null

But this time around, the phenomenon could turn out to be more dangerous due to rising sea levels, caused by the effects of global warming and uncontrolled greenhouse gas emissions. So when the next period of high tides begins in the early 2030s, the floods are sure to be much worse, longer and more dangerous than ever.

Par Jules Bercy

A writer a blogger passionate about science, history politics, the general knowledge of our planet and the Universe...

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