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The Venetian LagoonAn Analysis of the Engineering and the Tribulations of Preserving History and Ecosystem
Author: Sean MacDonald
The Complexity of Venice
Venice is an absolute money maker, one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world where romantics and families alike contribute to the some 20 million that visit each year(need a better start than this lolz). However, Venice has a much deeper meaning to the environmentalists, politicians, and engineers who are invested in the well-being and longevity of the region. quickly why venice is in danger…. Venice is a plethora of biodiversity, and the home of over a thousand years of history, to preserve both against the changing environment of the world is a challenge that will be faced until the day Venice dies.
The goal of this page is to first discover the depth of the Venice system, by realizing how one of the most rich ecosystems in the world is now tightly interwoven with thousands of years of mankind’s engineering. Then we will analyze the current methods of salvation, and use it as an example for the way the difficulties of adaptation contributes to the troubles of preserving history and ecosystem simultaneously.
II. The Path of Venice
History of the People
To thoroughly understand the dilemmas of today, one must first understand the origins of the region.
Common misconceptions or something.
Explain all of the engineering feats that have contributed to Venice today. Starting with wood foundation then the diversion of the rivers etc.
Include information on how the lagoon has changed but make sure can be different from detailed part about global warming and climate change. Discussion of the lagoon ecosystem in this section should be about the standard process of a lagoon becoming land or sea, nothing to do with global warming…
The wells that are no longer in use, how sucking up water from beneath was contributing to sinking.
III. Understanding the Lagoon(could be part of The Path of Venice section but probz not cuz lots of info)
Aspects of the Lagoon
The area of the lagoon can be categorized into underwater, mudflats, salt marshes, and islands. Show how they interact
Relationship with the Sea
at this point all background information should be covered. Now get into engineering detail.
IV. The Foundation of Venice – Detailed, calcs and stuff
Analyze a single wood piling
Total and Effective stress, pore water pressure. need some sort of conclusion from this though.
Leaning Towers? non-uniform settlement.
Materials that are not water resistant, detailed construction materials talk…
How wood behaves when submerged underwater, not rotting, salt water petrifies
V. The Dangers Facing Venice
Geotechnical settling type problem?
Sediment transport style of problem?
Information on Rising sea level and climate
***Now Venice should be understood. Start talking about the future of Venice and the paradox?
VI. Goals of The MOSE Project
Damage to Ecosystem
Project cost, changes throughout project
Arrest of Venice Mayor
Severity of flooding
VIII. Analysis and Conclusion
topic of fear of change and new engineering to enable adaptation.
IX. Works Cited