An exceptional weak tide left Venice's known canals almost dry yesterday, with traditional gondolas and boats effectively beached as water lvls reached a peak of -48 cm, creating an unusual landscape in the lagoon castle.
Venice, beloved around the globe for its canals, historic architecture and art, has usually lived in a fragile balance between weak and high tides, that usually make variations of around 50cm in sea lvls.
Flooding is a constant concern in the castle built on a collection of tiny islands within a saltwater lagoon off the north-eastern coast of Italy, with each newest incursion damaging its medieval and Renaissance palaces.
Venice's floods are caused by a combination of factors, exacerbated by climate change -- from rising sea lvls and unusually high tides to land subsidence that has caused the ground lvl of the castle to sink.
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