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Get Ready to Change Those Maps!

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Okay - so there is a little time yet before the surface of the earth changes. But, according to Steven Dutch of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the earth’s surface will change dramatically over the next million years. He is not considering the effects of climate change necessarily but looks at the earth from a geologic persepective. Niagara Falls, not surprisingly, will move upstream during the next 14,000 years (see oversized animated gif of its progress). Hudson Bay, still rebounding from the weight of the last ice age, will continue to shrink, Hawaii will have moved and New Orleans will still be sinking even though the mouth of the Mississippi River will have long since changed.

Read Dutch’s paper in Geosphere (complete with some large not necessarily pretty animated maps) or read about the paper in Discovery or in the Star-Phoenix.

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