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Proposals to raise Venice


Proposals to raise Venice by pumping sea water into the ground beneath it have come from a leading Italian academic.

Professor of engineering at Padua University Guiseppe Gambolati said that the £65M project would involve creating a ring of 12 boreholes of 300mm diameter around the city, to a depth of 750m. By injecting water it would be possible to swell the ground over time, raising the city by up to 300mm, Gambolati claimed. But Turin Polytechnic professor of geotechnical engineering Michele Jamiolkowski warned that the scheme would take years to realise and could lead to differential movement, damaging the city's buildings.

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