This article discusses the problems that Rhode Island is facing because of sinking land and rising seas.
“It’s sinking because of processes that happened tens of thousands of years ago,” Simon Engelhart, Associate Professor of Geosciences at the University of Rhode Island (URI), said. Eyewitness News spoke to Engelhart prior to his talk at the Coastal Discussion Series talk last Wednesday.
During the Ice Age, a two-mile-thick ice sheet stretched across Canada and parts of the United States. Its weight pushed down on the middle of the continent, while the coast lifted up. The ice sheet has retreated and now portions of the coast are sinking.