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# How Much Sea Level Rise Would Occur If....

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mediterranian sea

if we closed the straits of gibratar and the suez canal and made a connecting water way between the two points for water travel, and the rest of the mediterranian sea

was drained into the ocean for future land increase, how much would sea levels rise globally

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The area of the Mediterranean is 2.5 million square kms

The average depth is 1500m

The area of the oceans is 362 millions square kms

So the oceans would rise by 10m approximately.

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if we closed the straits of gibratar and the suez canal and made a connecting water way between the two points for water travel, and the rest of the mediterranian sea

was drained into the ocean for future land increase, how much would sea levels rise globally

The volume, surface area, and average depth of the Earth’s oceans are about 1,300,000,000 km3, 360,000,000 km2, and 3.1 km.

The volume, area, and average depth of the Mediterranean are about 3,750,000 km3, 2,500,000 km2, and 1.5 km.

Because the Mediterranean holds such a small fraction of the total ocean, you can get a reasonable approximation of the sea level rise, for the scenario you describe, BL, just by dividing 3750000 km3 / 360000000 km2, giving about 0.010 km = 10 m.

You’d have to have some hellacious pumps and engines to power them, and the Nile and other rivers that empty into the Mediterranean wouldn’t be the same – though they’d make some spectacular 1+ km high fall series!

What are you planning on doing with the Black Sea?

PS: Eclogite beat me to the calculation - but not the witty banter :)

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• 3 months later...

what if we pumped it to the north pole and froze it, and build huge stacks of ice

where it won't melt

probably to much work

make artificial lakes, desalinate the water , and pump it in

like in places where it is dessert

like northern africa

build a huge place for an artificial lake

build it tall

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