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Disturbing before-and-after images show what major US cities could look like in the year 2100

Business Insider Logo By Melia Robinson of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 34:  "America the Beautiful" could be unrecognizable in the not-so-distant future. In January 2017, a  report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency hinted at the possibility of an "extreme" sea-level rise scenario that would put some American landmarks, towns, and cities underwater during this century.That scenariois considered unlikely, but possible. If the worst climate change predictions come true, parts of the US will be devastated by flooding and greater exposure to storm surges.Research group Climate Central took the projections laid out in NOAA's report and created a plug-in for Google Earth that shows how catastrophic the damage would be if the flooding happened today. You can install it (directions  here) and see anywhere in the US.Here's what major US cities might look like in the year 2100.

"America the Beautiful" could be unrecognizable in the not-so-distant future.

In January 2017, a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency hinted at the possibility of an "extreme" sea-level rise scenario that would put some American landmarks, towns, and cities underwater during this century.

That scenariois considered unlikely, but possible. If the worst climate change predictions come true, parts of the US will be devastated by flooding and greater exposure to storm surges.

Research group Climate Central took the projections laid out in NOAA's report and created a plug-in for Google Earth that shows how catastrophic the damage would be if the flooding happened today. You can install it (directions here) and see anywhere in the US.

Here's what major US cities might look like in the year 2100.

© Google Earth/Climate Central

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