The Weight of Development: Could Shanghai be Sinking?

Shanghai and the Pudong District in particular have seen unprecedented development over the past 25 years. The soil the city is built upon, however, has begun to subside recently.

Sophie Plottel discusses the soil subsidence taking place in Shanghai due to the rapid development that has taken place over the past 25 years. The Pudong District is now home to more than 5 million people and has a density of over 4,000 people per square kilometer. That kind of intense development has resulted in the city sinking at a rate of 1.5 centimeters per year.

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