Water, water, everywhere

By Rebecca Priestley In Science

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17th January, 2013
In the 2004 movie The Day After Tomorrow, a super-storm covers the Northern Hemisphere and a 100m-high storm surge floods New York City. And then the water freezes as the Earth enters a new ice age. The film and the book it’s based on are purely fiction, but last year’s Hurricane Sandy hit New York and the rest of the eastern seaboard with a vengeance; a 4m-high storm surge flooded lower Manhattan at the same time as a deluge delivered 180mm of rain to the coast. Water poured into subways, power failed, cars floated down Wall St, people died. In Hurricane Katrina in 2005, ...

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