sea level


Definition of sea level

: the level of the surface of the sea especially at its mean position midway between mean high and low water

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Some delegates, particularly those from island nations threatened by sea level rise, also want more stringent targets for greenhouse gases. Umair Irfan, Vox, "World leaders are working out a climate deal in Poland — despite Trump," 14 Dec. 2018 Coastal fuel transportation infrastructure and power plants can be threatened by sea level rise and storm damage. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "US tries to bury report on climate change’s dire health, economic impacts," 26 Nov. 2018 Getting a mortgage on a home in a city with sea level rise that will more than likely be hit by several super storms seemed like too much of a risk. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "If Climate Change Is Causing You Anxiety or Even Grief, Experts Say You are Not Alone," 19 Oct. 2018 Though the popular North Carolina tourist destination seems to have been spared the worst of Florence's wrath, the islands still have some of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the world, nearly an inch a year. Jennifer Kay, Fox News, "WHAT'S HAPPENING: Rivers pose epic Florence flood risks," 16 Sep. 2018 As the ice in Greenland and Antarctica decreases, all that lost water gets dumped into the oceans, contributing to sea level rise. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch the last flight of the Delta II rocket as it puts a laser-pulsing satellite into orbit," 14 Sep. 2018 Florida cities like Miami are also seeing year-round flooding at high tide as sea levels rise. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Florida Democrat attacked for taking “dirty coal money” defeats Carlos Curbelo," 7 Nov. 2018 As sea levels rise, shorelines become more vulnerable. Ben Finley, Fox News, "AP Explains: Why North Carolina is vulnerable to hurricanes," 12 Sep. 2018 As sea levels rise, shorelines become more vulnerable. Ben Finley, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Why North Carolina is vulnerable to hurricanes," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sea level

1806, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sea level

: the average height of the sea's surface

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Kids Definition of sea level

: the surface of the sea halfway between the average high and low tides

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