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Extraterrestrial life could be more common than previously thought, new study says

While some in the scientific community believe finding extraterrestrial life is “probably going to take a long time,” others believe aliens could be more prevalent than previously thought.

A new study suggests intelligent life is likely to inhabit a star system drastically different than ours. The researchers modeled a theoretical Earth into binary star systems, those with two stars, and found that 87 percent of these “exo-Earths” should have its axis tilted similar to that of Earth, an important ingredient for intelligent life.

“Multiple-star systems are common, and about 50 [percent] of stars have binary companion stars. So, this study can be applied to a large number of solar systems,” said the study’s co-author, Gongjie Li, in a statement.

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The Alpha Centauri group is the closest star – or solar – system outside of our own at a distance of 4.3 lightyears, and it can be found in the night sky in the constellation Centaurus. The stars Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B comprise a binary system, in which the two stars orbit one another, and close by is an additional faint red dwarf Alpha Centauri C, also called Proxima Centauri. Some astronomers have hoped to someday find an exoplanet capable of harboring advanced life in the system, but a new study lowers those expectations while raising them for the rest of the universe. (Credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope)

NASA CHIEF SCIENTISTS SAYS ‘WE’RE CLOSE’ TO MAKING ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT LIFE ON MARS

These types of discoveries have been made in the past, including most recently LTT 1445 A b, a distant rocky exoplanet that has three stars. LTT 1445 A b is about 22 light-years from Earth. In 2016, NASA discovered a planet orbiting two stars in the OGLE-2007-BLG-349 system, 8,000 light-years away.

A light-year measures distance in space and equals 6 trillion miles.

The researchers compared Earth’s tilt to the tilt of Mars, noting the extreme variations between the two planets and then looked at what Earth might be like if it were in the Alpha Centauri AB system, 4.4 light-years from Earth.

“Using numerical modeling in α Centauri AB, we show the following: there is a stark contrast between the planetary obliquity variations depending on the host star, planetary neighbors limit the possible spin states for Earth-like obliquity stability, and the presence of a moon can destabilize the obliquity, defying our Earth-based expectations,” the researchers added in the study.

“We simulated what it would be like around other binaries with multiple variations of the stars’ masses, orbital qualities, and so on,” said Billy Quarles, the study’s principal investigator, in the statement. “The overall message was positive but not for our nearest neighbor.”

PLANET NINE MAY EXIST, BUT IT MIGHT BE HIDING BEHIND NEPTUNE

Going out further into deep space, the results became more promising, leading the researchers to believe it’s a possibility.

“In general, the separation between the stars is larger in binary systems, and then the second star has less of an effect on the model of Earth,” Li added. “The planet’s own motion dynamics dominate other influences, and obliquity usually has a smaller variation. So, this is quite optimistic.”

The study has been published in the scientific journal Astrophysical Journal and was funded by NASA’s Exobiology Program.

A comprehensive study published in June found no evidence of extraterrestrial life among more than 1,300 stars in close proximity to Earth, a hunt that spanned more than three years.

A separate study published that month drastically cut the number of planets that could potentially host intelligent life, noting that the definition for the “habitable zone” – the distance between a planet and star – “is likely limited relative to that for microbial life.”

In October, a former NASA scientist published a stunning op-ed saying he is convinced that the space agency “found evidence of life” on Mars in the 1970s. NASA has vehemently denied this claim.

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Your dog’s real age in ‘dog years’ revealed (and it’s not their age multiplied by seven)

Working out your pet’s age in ‘dog years’ simply by multiplying it by seven is actually a myth.

This doesn’t stop people from estimating the equivalent human age of their beloved pets though – so a team of researchers has tried to create a new and more accurate way to determine the answer.

The new formula is based on changes to DNA over time and took a lot of scientific research to create.

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You’ll need a special type of calculator to work out the equation – which you can find here.

Then you type your dog’s age into the calculator, press enter and then multiply the number you get by 16.

Next, add 31 and you have your supposedly new and improved human-dog age answer.

The method is based on a bodily process called methylation.

As both humans and dogs age, methyl groups are added to our DNA molecules, which can change the activity of a DNA segment without altering the DNA.

It’s an essential part of normal development and works to repress sudden ageing and the formation of cancerous cells.

DNA methylation is currently regarded by many scientists as the best way to measure the ageing speed of a mammal, or what some scientists refer to as the epigenetic clock.

Geneticists Tina Wang and Trey Ideker from the University of California San Diego in the US decided to use this method to compare the epigenetic clocks of dogs and humans.

Their team had to overcome the issue that the lifespan of a dog can vary greatly depending on size and breed.

Some large breeds only have a life expectancy of around seven years, whereas little dogs like chihuahuas can live for around 18 years or more.

Despite this, all dogs do exhibit some similar development features.

The team decided to base the study on Labradors.

They compared blood methylation profiles from the dogs to the blood of 320 humans aged between one and 103 years, as well as those of 133 mice.

The researchers wrote: “Using targeted sequencing, we characterize the methylomes of 104 Labrador retrievers spanning a 16 year age range, achieving >150X coverage within mammalian syntenic blocks.

“Comparison with human methylomes reveals a nonlinear relationship which translates dog to human years, aligns the timing of major physiological milestones between the two species, and extends to mice.”

Similarities were found to be greatest when young dogs and young humans were compared as well as old dogs and older humans.

Then it was concluded that the formula for working out the human age of a dog is human_age = 16ln(dog_age) + 31.

This equation also implies that nine months for a human is around seven weeks for a dog.

However, some milestones like puberty and sexual maturity didn’t really match up as dogs reach these a lot quicker than humans.

The formula also doesn’t fully address the fact different dog breeds age at different speeds but the scientists still consider it to be more accurate than the old multiply by seven method.

This research has been published on bioRxiv.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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Mysterious ‘humanoid’ figures discovered in Peru

Over 140 mysterious new geoglyphs have been discovered in Nazca, Peru, including strange ‘humanoid’ figures.

Researchers from Japan’s Yamagata University discovered 142 new glyphs. An additional new geoglyph was discovered using artificial intelligence from IBM Japan and the tech giant’s Watson supercomputer, which helped researchers reveal the location of the humanoid figure, who appears to be brandishing some form of club.

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A processed picture of a newly-discovered Nazca humanoid figure. (Yamagata University)

Other new glyphs show a two-headed snake that appears to be devouring two people, a bird, a fish and another humanoid.

The new geoglyphs date from the Initial Nazca period between 100 B.C. and 100 A.D. and the Early Nazca Period from 100 A.D. to 300 A.D.

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The geoglyph discovered using AI technology from IBM Japan and the tech giant’s Watson supercomputer. (Yamagata University/IBM Japan)

A UNESCO World Heritage Site located about 249 miles south of Lima, the Lines are regarded as one of archaeology’s great mysteries. The lines are scratched into the dark ground to reveal the lighter-colored earth underneath and are best viewed from the air. They depict a range of animals, plants, imaginary beings and geometric figures.

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A newly-discovered two-headed Nazca Line snake that appears to be devouring two people. (Yamagata University)

Etched into the ground by pre-Inca people, the Nazca Lines date from 400 B.C. to 1000 A.D. Mystery, however, still swirls around why they were created. Theories include that they are a primitive Sun calendar, an irrigation system or even an alien landing strip, according to LiveScience.

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Rare World War II ‘escape kits’ sold at auction

A rare collection of “escape kits” from World War II POWs that included hidden maps, a pencil with a dagger inside and a shaving razor blade have been sold at auction.

The secret devices were made for and built by British prisoners in an effort to help them evade capture and get out of detention camps, SWNS reports. The items sold for $486 (375 British pounds) at an auction held by East Bristol Auctions in Hanham, Bristol, the news agency added.

The blue pencil, which has Royal Sovereign designs on it and sports a metal spike dagger inside, sold for $77, or 60 British pounds. The shaving razor blade, stemming from the Kleen brand, is actually a compass. It also has a magnetized blade that will point true north when placed in water.

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A rare original WWII Second World War SOE Special Operations Executive ‘Escape & Evade’ secret dagger pencil. It is a normal ‘Royal Sovereign No.107’ blue pencil but it has a secret large, metal spike dagger inside. (Credit: SWNS)

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The razor sold for $65 or 50 British pounds at auction.

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A rare WWII Second World War 1945 dated British SOE ( Special Operations Executive ) Escape & Evade razor, with a compass razor blade. The blade made by Kleen, and still present within its original paper envelope. (Credit: SWNS)

A collection of four double-sided World War II Royal Air Force pilot maps on silk were also sold at auction for $84, or 65 British pounds. It includes maps of Istanbul, Batumi, Al-Jawf, and Ankara, all four of which are marked ‘restricted,” SWNS added.

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A rare collection of 4 original vintage WWII Escape & Evade RAF Pilot / Officer’s maps on silk. Includes maps of Istanbul, Batumi, Al-Jawf, and Ankara. Each is double-sided and all are marked “restricted.” (Credit: SWNS)

The British news agency also noted that an original Kelton wristwatch, which hid a compass on the back of its face, sold for $259, or 200 British pounds.

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(Credit: SWNS)

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(Credit: SWNS)

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Massive star ejected from the Milky Way galaxy: ‘A visitor from a strange land’

Forget out of this world. How about out of this galaxy?

Approximately 5 million years ago, a star got too close to the “mind-boggling” black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy and was “ejected,” a new study has found.

The star, known as S5-HVS1, ventured too close to the black hole and when it did, it was hurtled “at the blistering speed of 6 million kilometers per hour.” When astronomers discovered it, it was found to be moving “nearly 10 times faster than most of the stars in the galaxy.”

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An artist’s concept of the ultrafast star S5-HSV1, which was ejected from the Milky Way by the supermassive black hole at the galaxy’s center. (Credit: James Josephides, courtesy of Swinburne Astronomy Productions)

PLANET 9 MAY NOT BE A PLANET AT ALL, BUT RATHER A ‘PRIMORDIAL BLACK HOLE,’ SHOCKING STUDY SUGGESTS

“The velocity of the discovered star is so high that it will inevitably leave the galaxy and never return,” one of the study’s co-authors, Douglas Boubert, said in a statement.

The study’s lead author, Sergey Kospov, said the discovery was “super exciting,” as astronomers have long suspected that black holes are able to eject stars, but they had never seen it before.

“We think the black hole ejected the star with a speed of thousands of kilometers per second about 5 million years ago,” Kospov added in the statement. “This ejection happened at the time when humanity’s ancestors were just learning to walk on two feet.”

The researchers have also posted a video to YouTube demonstrating how the star likely was ejected.

“Seeing this star is really amazing,” said study co-author Ting Li in the statement, adding, “as we know it must have formed in the Galactic Center, a place very different to our local environment. It is a visitor from a strange land.”

The research has been published in the scientific journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

FIRST EVER BLACK HOLE IMAGE REVEALED

In October 2018, astronomers observed the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, known as Sagittarius A*, pulling gas blobs into its vortex at 30 percent of the speed of light. It is believed that Sagittarius A* has a mass that’s more than 4 million times the mass of our Sun and resides approximately 25,000 light-years from Earth.

In May 2019, astronomers observed the sudden brightening of Sagittarius A*, suggesting it may have come in contact with another celestial object.

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Nile millions of years older than previously thought, study says

Geologists have extensively debated the age of the Nile, with some early figures settling on around 6 million years. They’ve also wondered how the 4,132 mile-long river kept its persistence for so long, continually flowing north, a very unusual direction for river water to take.

Now, researchers believe they may have the answers to these questions.

In a study published Nov. 11, the research team, led by University of Texas professor Claudio Faccenna, looked at the Nile’s connection with the Earth’s deep mantle, which is made up of rock that moves in different directions, similar to currents in an ocean. According to the research, the slanted topography (or the arrangement of physical features of an area) of the Nile is caused by the conveyor belt-like movement of mantle rock running up against the Ethiopian Highlands in the south, pushing the highlands up while at the same time pulling the surface downward up north. This slight downward slope from the start of the river in the south to the Nile’s mouth in the Mediterranean Sea is what causes the river to flow northward.

Up until now, the fact that the Nile has persisted for so long befuddled geologists, as many long-lasting rivers eventually change course at some point. The team’s research revealed that the river would’ve changed course westward many, many years ago if it weren’t for this movement of the deep mantle.

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The course of the Nile river begins here, near the Blue Nile Falls,high in the Ethiopian Highlands, and flows northward to the Mediterranean Sea. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered a bulge in the surface of the Earth originating in the mantle that has kept the river on this course for 30 million years. (Credit: Flickr)

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The researchers utilized a variety of methods for the study.

“We used a combination of geological studies of long-term topography evolution, sedimentological studies tracking where the material has been transported by rivers over time, and geodynamic modeling,” professor Thorsten Becker, a research scientist at UT Austin’s Institute for Geophysics, said in an interview with Fox News.

The team first analyzed ancient volcanic rock in the Ethiopian Highlands along with huge river sediment deposits under the Nile Delta. Their results revealed that after the Ethiopian Highlands rose, they stayed at a consistent height for millions of years thanks to the mantle rock.

They also ran computer models that would simulate up to 40 million years of plate tectonic activity in the area. According to the models, a hot mantle plume caused lava flow resulting in the creation of Ethiopian Highlands, as well as the “conveyor belt” mantle activity. In the computer, this resulted in changes in the landscape almost exactly as the team predicted.

“The geodynamic models predict topography at each timestep, and by tracking how plate tectonics evolved together with deep mantle structure over time, we were able to show that the mantle has sustained an upward push over thirty million years,” Becker added.

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The map shows how sediment is transported from the Nile’s source high in the Ethiopian Highlands to the Nile Delta in the Mediterranean Sea. By studying the layers of sediment carried by the river over millions of years, the researchers were able to recreate the story of uplift in the region. (Credit: Claudio Faccenna et al.)

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Becker believes the team’s research shows that the Nile is over 30 million years old, which may settle the debate for good.

But why was the river’s age argued about so much in the first place?

“The evolution of topography over time is a complicated problem that is affected by deep mantle dynamics and climate, and everything in between,” Becker explained. “We think our results are robust and convinced ourselves that the story is probably true because there are a number of lines of evidence pointing toward it, but we’re also sure that this is not the last word on topography within the Mediterranean.”

The study can be found in the journal Natural Geoscience.

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Nile millions of years older than previously thought, study says

Geologists have extensively debated the age of the Nile, with some early figures settling on around 6 million years. They’ve also wondered how the 4,132 mile-long river kept its persistence for so long, continually flowing north, a very unusual direction for river water to take.

Now, researchers believe they may have the answers to these questions.

In a study published Nov. 11, the research team, led by University of Texas professor Claudio Faccenna, looked at the Nile’s connection with the Earth’s deep mantle, which is made up of rock that moves in different directions, similar to currents in an ocean. According to the research, the slanted topography (or the arrangement of physical features of an area) of the Nile is caused by the conveyor belt-like movement of mantle rock running up against the Ethiopian Highlands in the south, pushing the highlands up while at the same time pulling the surface downward up north. This slight downward slope from the start of the river in the south to the Nile’s mouth in the Mediterranean Sea is what causes the river to flow northward.

Up until now, the fact that the Nile has persisted for so long befuddled geologists, as many long-lasting rivers eventually change course at some point. The team’s research revealed that the river would’ve changed course westward many, many years ago if it weren’t for this movement of the deep mantle.

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The course of the Nile river begins here, near the Blue Nile Falls,high in the Ethiopian Highlands, and flows northward to the Mediterranean Sea. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered a bulge in the surface of the Earth originating in the mantle that has kept the river on this course for 30 million years. (Credit: Flickr)

PREHISTORIC ‘HOBBIT’ MYSTERY MAY HAVE BEEN SOLVED

The researchers utilized a variety of methods for the study.

“We used a combination of geological studies of long-term topography evolution, sedimentological studies tracking where the material has been transported by rivers over time, and geodynamic modeling,” professor Thorsten Becker, a research scientist at UT Austin’s Institute for Geophysics, said in an interview with Fox News.

The team first analyzed ancient volcanic rock in the Ethiopian Highlands along with huge river sediment deposits under the Nile Delta. Their results revealed that after the Ethiopian Highlands rose, they stayed at a consistent height for millions of years thanks to the mantle rock.

They also ran computer models that would simulate up to 40 million years of plate tectonic activity in the area. According to the models, a hot mantle plume caused lava flow resulting in the creation of Ethiopian Highlands, as well as the “conveyor belt” mantle activity. In the computer, this resulted in changes in the landscape almost exactly as the team predicted.

“The geodynamic models predict topography at each timestep, and by tracking how plate tectonics evolved together with deep mantle structure over time, we were able to show that the mantle has sustained an upward push over thirty million years,” Becker added.

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The map shows how sediment is transported from the Nile’s source high in the Ethiopian Highlands to the Nile Delta in the Mediterranean Sea. By studying the layers of sediment carried by the river over millions of years, the researchers were able to recreate the story of uplift in the region. (Credit: Claudio Faccenna et al.)

CAN HOBBITS SWIM? ‘MORDOR UNDER THE SEA’ FOUND OFF AUSTRALIA

Becker believes the team’s research shows that the Nile is over 30 million years old, which may settle the debate for good.

But why was the river’s age argued about so much in the first place?

“The evolution of topography over time is a complicated problem that is affected by deep mantle dynamics and climate, and everything in between,” Becker explained. “We think our results are robust and convinced ourselves that the story is probably true because there are a number of lines of evidence pointing toward it, but we’re also sure that this is not the last word on topography within the Mediterranean.”

The study can be found in the journal Natural Geoscience.

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A lion mummy may have been discovered at famed pyramid site

Archaeologists in Egypt have found a large animal mummy that may contain the remains of a lion or lioness.

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities said on Monday the mummy was excavated in Saqqara, a town south of Cairo that was a vast necropolis in antiquity and is home to the famed Step Pyramid.

Archeologists frequently find mummified cats, but the recovery of a lion is rare. In 2004, the first lion skeleton was found, revealing the sacred status of the animal during ancient times.

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Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled Al-Anani visited the site on Thursday, according to a Facebook post by the country’s Ministry of Antiquities. The remains of a number of cats were found at the site, some of which were large, officials said.

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Step Pyramid of Djoser (Zoser) and Userkaf pyramid, Saqqara – file photo. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

More details of the discovery will be announced on Nov. 23, the Ministry of Antiquities added.

The pyramid complex of Saqqara is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The complex is a “masterpiece of architectural design,” according to UNESCO, which notes that the Step Pyramid, or Pyramid of Djoser, is the first pyramid ever built.

INCREDIBLE 4,500-YEAR-OLD CEMETERY DISCOVERED NEAR EGYPT’S GIZA PYRAMIDS

In another project, archaeologists recently uncovered 30 wooden coffins in an ancient necropolis in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor.

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Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany examines a coffin in the Saqqara necropolis. (Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities)

Officials said that the “cache” of coffins was found on two levels of the Asasif Necropolis, a cemetery in the ancient town of West Thebes. The necropolis includes tombs dating back to the Middle, New Kingdom and the Late Periods (1994-332 B.C.).

Photos from the Ministry of Antiquities show colored human-shaped coffins with inscriptions and paintings.

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Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany with officials during his visit to the excavation site in Saqqara. (Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities)

Earlier this year, archaeologists also uncovered an ancient cemetery near the famous Giza pyramids just outside Cairo.

Last year, Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry announced the discovery of an ancient necropolis near the Nile Valley city of Minya, south of Cairo. The large cemetery is located north of Tuna al-Gabal area, a vast archaeological site on the edge of the western desert. It includes several burial shafts and hosts more than 1,000 statues and some 40 sarcophagi as well as other artifacts.

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Deer with three antlers caught on camera in Michigan

An unusual deer with three antlers has been caught on camera by a photographer in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Steve Lindberg, a former state representative, spotted the unusual deer in Marquette.

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The deer with three antlers was photographed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula​​​​​. (Steve Lindberg)

“Five days before rifle season for Whitetail Deer and look who I get to see, along with his girlfriend. A three antlered, nine or twelve point buck (depending if you want to count the two little tines on the right antler, and the small tine on the left antler),” Lindberg wrote on Facebook on Nov. 10. “I don’t recall ever seeing a three antlered deer before.”

On Nov. 13, Lindberg posted another photo of the deer on Facebook. “One more shot of three antlers … just to dispel any photoshop rumors,” he wrote.

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The deer was photographed by former Democratic state lawmaker Steve Lindberg. (Steve Lindberg)

Whitetailed deer are found in every county of Michigan, according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

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The buck has garnered plenty of interest since it was caught on camera. (Steve Lindberg)

Earlier this year an unfortunate deer covered with tumors was caught on camera by a photographer in southwestern Minnesota.

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Venice suffers worst flooding in 50 years, mayor blames climate change

Venice is in a state of emergency as the Italian city deals with the aftermath of one of the worst floods in its history.

Late on Tuesday (Nov. 12), high tides from the surrounding lagoon surged onto the more than 100 islands that make up Venice, flooding 85% of the city and damaging artwork and many historic sites, Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted. Photos and videos posted on social media show the intense flood turning alleyways into rushing rivers, stranding large water taxis in public plazas, and drenching some of the city’s most iconic historic sites — including St. Mark’s Basilica, completed in 1092.

According to the local tide monitoring center, water levels from the flood peaked at 6.1 feet (1.87 meters) last night — the highest floodwaters in more than 50 years, and the second highest ever recorded in Venice. (The tide reached 6.3 feet, or 1.94 m, in November 1966.)

Venice is susceptible to some flooding — or “aqua alta,” as it’s regionally known — every year when high tides mix with heavy rain and strong winds. However, Brugnaro noted, yesterday’s intense surge was exceptional, and almost certainly linked to the increasingly powerful storms fueled by global warming.

“These are the effects of climate change,” Brugnaro tweeted. “The costs will be high.”

Of the 10 highest tides in Venice since record-keeping began in 1923, five have occurred in the last 20 years, including the current flood and one in 2018, BBC meteorologist Nikki Berry reported. Both events were tied to strong storm surges blowing northeastward across the Adriatic Sea (Venice is located on the northern seashore), thanks in part to changing patterns in the jet stream. These jet-stream patterns are likely to continue, leading to more frequent and intense storms, as climate change escalates, Berry wrote.

That puts Venice — which is already sinking at a rate of a few millimeters per year — at risk of more annual damage like this. To mitigate this damage, the Italian government has been developing a series of barriers and floodgates known as the Mose Project since the 1980s. The project, which was first tested in 2013, has cost billions of euros and may finally be ready for implementation in 2021, the BBC reported.

Two people have been reported dead from flood-related accidents since Tuesday. A man living on Pellestrina, one of the many islands that make up the Venetian lagoon, died of electrocution while attempting to start a water pump in his home. Another man was reported dead in his home in an unrelated incident.

St. Mark’s Basilica, the iconic cathedral sitting in Venice’s central piazza, was flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years (four of those floods occurred in the past 20 years, The Guardian reported). According to Brugnaro, the landmark suffered “grave damage” to its structural columns and the crypt was completely flooded. Water damage appears rampant through the city’s many shops, hotels and landmarks.

More “very high” tides and flooding are expected throughout the week, Venice’s weather office said.

Originally published on Live Science.

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