[EVA] Eva Ecological Aftermath
skyrocket35 at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 5 16:59:36 EST 1999
A few days someone asked if there was any info an the Ecological effects
of the third impact. I got to wondering about that not to long ago and did
some asking around. If it's ever said how much the oceans rose, it's not on
any of the tapes it have. I'd heard 60 feet somewhere and since that sounded
like a nice round number I went with it. Here's the responses I got.
Depends on how ya'll raise the sea level that 60 feet or so:):) Geothermal
warming resulting in shrinking (melting) polar ice caps?? Okay. Basically
then in North America:
Most of what's east of the Appalachian mountains and west of the Rockies
is gone. With a big ol' pond right smack dab where the the great Salt Lake
now is. And the Great Lakes are not five individual Lakes anymore. They're
gonna expand and take out a big ol' chuck of Minnesota and Wisconsin and as
far south as Illinois. Florida is history along with most of the US Gulf
Coast. Wind patterns will shift- intensify. No more deserts in
Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico (this might take a spell). The Father of
waters (the Mississippi) is gonna get a hellava lot wider. LOTS and LOTS of
rain, everywhere. Up north, Baffin Bay will expand and take out a major
chuck of Canada, joining with Hudson Bay and the St.Lawrence River. Alaska
will lose a good deal of it's Arctic
Most of southern Mexico up to around the Sangre de Christos mountains is
mort. Lake Tenoctilan will expand and cover a lot of central Mexico. And
central America is gone, period. The Andes in Peru on the western coast of
S. American Coast will act as a barrier, but on the other eastern coast, the
water is gonna raise and join with the Amazon river and cut what left of S.
America just about in two.
Won't be much of Britain left ... maybe some scattered islands along the
Cornish and Irish coasts. The Spanish Costa del Sol is gone. France is
mostly okay except for the sea coat along Le Harve and such like. The
Middle and Low Countries are toast. Italy is okay from
the Appennines on north. Scandinavian will be probelmatic: Denmark will
be submerged but the rest will most likely be alright. That's a pretty high
coastline, rugged as all get out. Central and eastern Europe will be
shielded by the Carpathians Mountains, most likely.
European Russia will be flooded along the Danube, Dneiper and Volga rivers
which could exspand quite a bit. Germany will lose some coastline and might
also have a problem with the Danube and Elbe rivers. But the Tyrolean Alps
will stop most anything else.
All gone. With scattered exceptions like the major island of Hawaii and the
Japanese island of Hokkaido, maybe parts of Java, Sumatra and Borneo, the
Pacific will reign supreme.
Well, the Arabs and the Israelis ain't gonn be fightin' no more that's for
certain.:):) Write off the Sinai peninsula and replace it will one or two
small islands (where Mount Sinai used to be, for example). All the middle
east is probably a shallow sea. The Fertile Crescent (the delta for the
Tigris-Euphrates river valley) is a big ol' pond now. Same for the Nile in
Africa. Lake Chad is gonna get a LOT bigger. Again weather patterns will
change. LOTS of rain. No more Sahara desert.
This will be pretty much unchanged except for some expanding rivers, mostly
because it's so gol darned BIG. And ain't nothing gettin' past the
Himilayas and the Hindu Kush mountains. Nothing.
Kiss New Zealand goodbye. The Australian coast is pretty low and there
ain't a mountain range in sight to stop the rising water. Central Australia
will be alright, Ah think. But again with lots of rain the Kalahari desert
is a memory.
Populations will shift. HUGELY.
A whole lot of some of the most arible land in the world are various river
deltas which are gonna disappear.Now they will eventually be replaced with
new delta lands ... but it's gonna take time. And in the meantime, FOOD
will be a big problem. Can ya'll spell F-A-M-I-N-E?? Ah knew ya'll
Okay, not sure of the level of detail you want here but a rise of 60 feet in
sea level would have catastrophic consequences. A rise of something around
10 metres (35 feet) would basically inundate nearly all island nations and
countries such as Bangladesh (built on a river delta) would cease to be. As
many cities are built on the coastline, you'd find most major centres would
be under water - particularly if you are talking a sudden rise of that
level. Human population would be massively reduced and would have a lot of
problems with agriculture etc. Basically it'd be four horsemen of the
apocalypse time - and that's not even taking into account the changes it'd
cause in the weather patterns!
A slow increase - ecological effects would include shoreline changes,
saltwater intrusion into coastal lands (devastating agriculture), flooding
of coasts and structures on the coast and changes to coral reef structures.
In short, if the 2nd Impact had really happend, humanity would have gone the
way of the dodo. Still, this is pretty cool info and I plan to use some of
it in my fanfics.
"Both of you, dance like you want to win!"
-Asuka Langly "Neon Genesis Evangelion"
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