Previously this month, a tweet claimed that if sea levels are rising, then Plymouth Rock is supposed to be underwater. It gained interest online to the tune of nearly 27,000 likes.
The argument that Plymouth Rock’s connection to the ocean can be utilized to determine the validity of rising sea level warnings is established on an untrue statement that the rock is in the exact spot today as it was hundreds of years ago.
Actually, there is no written record of Plymouth Rock from the time when pilgrims first arrived on the Massachusetts shore. The two primary sources written by those pilgrims, William Bradford’s Journal Of Plymouth Plantation and Mourt’s Relation, do not refer to the rock at all. “It wasn’t until over a century after the pilgrims landed that the first references to Plymouth Rock appear,” according to Pilgrim Hall Museum.
Through the years, Plymouth Rock has occasionally been covered with water. This generally occurs when supermoons create unusually high tides called king tides. Over time, the size of tidal systems is slowly increasing because of climate change.” In general, high tides are getting higher and extending further inland than in previous years,” according to the EPA.
The sea level increases at different rates throughout the world. This information is utilized to determine the average height of the whole ocean worldwide. Considering that piece of information, scientists can correlate the present sea level to previous recordings.
“the sea level along the united states coastline is supposed to rise an average of 10 to 12 inches between 2020 and 2050 “according to a federal report released this year.