This article highlights 11 cities around the world that are under threat of sinking and disappearing due to sea level rise and groundwater pumping.
Students will learn that cities are sinking in many parts of the world.
The article links to many interesting articles about what governments are doing to help remedy the problem of sea level rise and sinking cities.
Students should have an understanding of plate tectonics and the different causes of sea level rise.
The first link in the section on Bangkok does not work.
In pairs or small groups, students could focus on one of the cities from the article and read the linked articles to gain more insight into the situation. Students could present their findings to the class.
The article can be used as a starting point for students to research and develop solutions to climate issues related to the sinking of coastal cities.
Eleven Cities are under threat of disappearing. They are currently undergoing sinking from subsidence, shifting plate tectonics, and continuous groundwater extraction. The resource is valid to teach students about ways to take urgent climate action and to advocate for the reduction of extraction of groundwater and other activities causing sea levels to rise abruptly.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
ETS1: Engineering Design
3-5-ETS1-2 Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 2: Geography
D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
D2.Geo.10.9-12 Evaluate how changes in the environmental and cultural characteristics of a place or region influence spatial patterns of trade and land use.
Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
D4.6.6-8 Draw on multiple disciplinary lenses to analyze how a specific problem can manifest itself at local, regional, and global levels over time, identifying its characteristics and causes, and the challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address the problem.
D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.