Which Cities Would Be Underwater If The Ice Caps Melt


We live in the age of global warming which is ominously melting the planet’s glaciers and polar ice caps. The Antarctic ice cap where most of the ice exists has survived much warmer times. But the concern is that portions of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice caps may disappear. If all that ice were to melt, sea levels would rise by about 70 meters (230 feet) and ocean water would cover all coastal cities around the world.

Maldives would be the first country to submerge underwater. In California, San Francisco’s Central Valley would turn into a giant bay. San Diego, Houston, New York, Boston, Tampa, Miami, New Orleans and Washington would disappear underwater too. In South America, Buenos Aires and coastal Uruguay would be wiped out. In Europe, London and Venice will become memories, along with Netherlands and most of Denmark, while in Asia, China and Bangladesh would be flooded along with coastal parts of India.

The planet’s land area would thus shrink significantly. There are more than five million cubic miles of ice on Earth and some scientists say it would take more than 5,000 years to melt it all. But if we carelessly continue adding carbon to the atmosphere we’ll create an ice-free planet much earlier.


Maldives lies between the Indian ocean and the Arabian sea.

It’s the planet’s lowest lying country at 5 feet above sea level.

It could be the first country in history to be completely erased by the sea.

Hong Kong and Bangladesh would flood completely.

And Coastal parts of India and Taiwan would be submerged.

North America

USA’s Atlantic seaboard would vanish, wiping out Florida.

San Francisco turning into islands.

New York, Los Angeles, and Miami would be underwater, too.

If the sea level rises 130 feet it would form Montreal Archipelago.

English Bay would turn into Vancouver Bay.


London would be a memory.

Venice would be claimed by the Adriatic Sea.

Netherlands and most of Denmark could disappear, too.


Australia’s coastal capital would slip underwater.

Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney will disappear.

Predominantly desert, the continent would gain a new inland sea.

Low-lying Island Kiribati would be lost.

Where Six glaciers in the Amundsen Sea have passed the point of no return.