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Features May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

Venice and Muddy Waters

 
     

Venice, gondolas, St. Mark’s Square, the bridge of sighs, ... and mud, into which all of Venice may one day sink. Enter Scripps Institution of Oceanography. No, Scripps won’t stop that sinking feeling, but it has launched a multifaceted scientific program, in conjunction with Italy’s Venice Water Authority, Thetis SPA and Consorzio Venezia Nuova, to gather information about the effects of the mud in the Venice lagoon.

A team of scientists with SIOSED (Scripps Institution of Oceanography SEDiment research group) will dissect and analyze key elements of Venice lagoon’s sediment through a program integrating geochemical, physical, microbial, toxicological and ecological science.

Scripps has a long history of collaboration with Venice, ranging from Walter Munk’s recommendations of gates to limit the effects of flooding in the early ’70s, to Yehuda Bock’s use of global-positioning technology to measure the actual rate of sinking.

“Venice is one of the most popular cities in the world,” says Dimitri Deheyn, SIOSED’s principal investigator. “So being
part of this lagoon preservation effort is being part of history.”

Contributors to Making Waves: Malinda Danziger, '00, Jessica Demian, Karla DeVries, '04, Inga Kiderrra, Paul Mueller.

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