Big Buildings Can Cause Cities to Sink Faster

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The combined weight of San Francisco’s infrastructure and population is causing it to sink roughly 2 millimeters into the ground annually, and experts estimate that it has already sunk three inches due to the weight alone. Perhaps this is not too surprising when it is brought to light that “the collective weight of all of the San Francisco region’s buildings is roughly 1.6 trillion kilograms.” Read full article here

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