Feb 22, 2017

Subsidence in action

South of the Lake, the oldest houses are on stilts ...

As a result of land subsidence due to oxidation of the farmed peat.

Cross sectional diagram
of Lake O, its levee and
the farm land it protects
(not to scale)

That in part explains why the levee is so tall:

Forty two feet above sea level and 143 miles around.

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