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02.24.2012 18:32

Report: Land under 50-plus Cities Is Sinking

Due to the over-depletion of groundwater, over 50 major cities in China are sinking, Chinese officials recently announced
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Slated to be the China's tallest building upon completion, the 632-meter tall Shanghai Tower conveys stability, if not permanence.

The ground under it, however, is another story.

Spectators were intrigued in mid-February when a giant 8-meter long crack appeared in the asphalt near the tower. The crack was a reminder of Shanghai's shifting and sinking ground, which scientists say makes the city vulnerable to rising sea levels.

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