MIAMI – An expected increase in sea level rise of just one meter will submerge more than 13,000 archaeological sites in the southeastern United States, researchers say.
The cemeteries, early settlements and launch platforms of the space agency are among the historical places at risk, and the impact of the changing climate will be mbadive, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday.
"Large numbers of archaeological sites will be lost where the native inhabitants, first settlers and slaves and later once lived liberated villages," said study author David Anderson, a professor at the University of Tennessee.
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"Many iconic places in American history such as Charleston, Jamestown, the Kennedy Space Center, St. Augustine, and even the recently relocated Hattaras Lighthouse are all threatened by comparatively smaller increases in sea level, of the order of one to three meters or so, "he said in an email to AFP.
The study also pointed to more than 1,000 places listed on the National Register of Historic Places as important cultural properties that will remain underwater.
Florida has more to lose because of sea level rise due to global warming because it has the most coastline exposed. Other states in particular high risk are Louisiana and Virginia.
The study projected that more than three million people in the southeast "will likely be displaced in the next century due to current projections of sea level rise."