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Climate Change Effects on Tsunamis

Rising sea levels as a result of the melting of the polar ice caps promises to further extend the reach of such giant waves smashing towards coastal settlements in the aftermath of quakes, meaning the threat posed by any individual tsunami could be greatly enhanced by climate change should it be allowed to proceed unchecked. Inland, the greenhouse effect meanwhile poses a threat to mountainous northern hemisphere environments like Alaska in a number of ways, not least by rising temperatures prompting the permafrost to thaw and causing glaciers to retreat, occurrences that in turn conspire to destabilise once-dependable rocky slopes. Will climate change increase the chance of tsunamis?

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