‘The sea flow is still in the low teens’: The lowest sea flow in the world!
Lowest sea flows are the result of the water rushing past the ocean surface and the sea becoming unstable due to the movement of water and heat, and they are most common in the tropics, such as the Caribbean and the Arabian Gulf.
It is because of this instability that sea levels can fall, and when they do it causes floods and erosion that cause damage to coastal areas and land.
The average low-level sea flow rate in the Caribbean is 2.5 to 4 millimeters per hour, according to data from the US Geological Survey.
This is slower than the world average of 4.7 millimeters a second, according a 2011 study by the USGS.
Low-level seas are also the reason the Great Barrier Reef, which sits about 4,000 feet underwater, was so much smaller than its full height in 2014.
“Low-level water is moving slower and at higher speeds than high-level waters, which means that the ocean is sinking,” said David Shoup, a geophysicist at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
The World Bank and other organisations estimate that low- level water levels have risen by about 20 millimeters since the start of the 20th century, which has resulted in a loss of land mass and islands that are home to some of the planet’s most endangered species, such the endangered coral reef, according the US government.
The Great Barrier, which lies at the tip of Australia’s Great Barrier Island, was estimated to be worth $100 billion in 2015 according to the latest estimate by the Australian National University.
According to the World Bank, low- and high-levels of sea flow are “the major drivers of the loss of biodiversity and coastal areas around the world.”
“The main drivers are changing water temperatures, the movement and distribution of debris, and the ocean circulation,” Shoup said.
It has been estimated that the Great Sea could lose up to 25 percent of its current surface area by 2050 due to low- or high-sea flow.