Designer Martin Varjic has drawn a map that shows what the world will look like if all of the polar ice melts and the sea level swells 260 feet.
Environmentalists often talk about the dire effects of melting polar caps and rising sea levels, but the projected consequences can at times seem a bit abstract.
As a means of making the situation more concrete, graphic designer Martin Vargic has drawn a vision of the future using the long-established techniques of cartography.
His map shows what the world will look like if all of the polar ice melts and the sea level swells 260 feet.
Instantly noticeable is that the continents shrink quite a bit.
Closer examination shows that along with the disappearance current coastlines, major urban areas will end up under water as well.
London, New Orleans, Berlin and Amsterdam will be no more.
Parts of Brazil will also be lost, along with chunks of Miami, and Washington D.C.
Said Vargic his rendering is an attempt to bring “traditional cartography to a contemporary setting, while reminding us about the dangers of global warming and subsequent climate change.”
How likely is it that his vision will come to pass?
According to National Geographic, if everything continues as it is today, very.
In time, modern conditions could cause the average temperature on the planet to increase from 58 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.