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Unformatted text preview: Distribution of Earths water-Earths water: 97% ocean 3% fresh water-Freshwater: 68% icecaps and glaciers, 30% ground water-Fresh surface water: 87% lakes Warming at the end of the Pleistocene melted continental glaciers and caused rapid sea level rise-Pleistocene 1.6 million to 10,000 years ago-Holocene 10,000 years ago to present-Sea level rose about 120 m in about 8000 yr or 1.5 cm/yr-Presently sea level is rising at a rate of .17 cm/yr. Sea level rise from melting glaciers will inundate coastal areas-There is a high risk of completely flooding New Orleans...
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This note was uploaded on 08/09/2011 for the course GEOS 1004 taught by Professor Aksinha during the Fall '08 term at Virginia Tech.
- Fall '08