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Study details significant sea level rise

WASHINGTON -- Sea level has been rising significantly over the past century of global warming, according to a study that offers the most detailed look yet at the changes in ocean levels during the last 2,100 years.

The researchers found that since the late 19th century, as the world became industrialized, sea level has risen more than 2 millimeters per year, on average. That's a bit less than one-tenth of an inch, but it adds up over time.

It will lead to land loss, more flooding and saltwater invading bodies of fresh water, said lead researcher Benjamin Horton whose team examined sediment from North Carolina's Outer Banks. The predicted effects he cites aren't new, but outside experts say the research verifies increasing sea level rise compared with previous centuries.

Kenneth Miller, chairman of Rutgers' Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, said he recently advised New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that the state needs to plan for a sea level rise of about 3 feet by the end of the century. -- AP


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