"Welcome to hidden history. I'm your host kid chrome. Today's what lies below the floating city. Of course the floating the city. I'm referring to Venice Italy before I get to the city. We know today as Venice. It's important to know that it's not really floating be you probably. We already knew that. But did you know that before it was populated it was a series of tiny islands connected by a naturally occurring canal. You might have heard that it was built in the lagoon but that's not true. I'll explain the lagoon later on this. podcast the story of Venice began in the fifth century. AD The fall of the western Roman Empire Barbarians from the north were rating Rome's former territories in order to escape these raids the Venetians nations population on the mainland escape to a nearby marshes and found refuge on the sandy islands of cell and lasala although the settlements elements were initially temporary nature Venetians gradually inhabited the islands on a permanent basis. This is where the story of what lies beneath that a SP- against against the Venetians needed a solid foundation so believe it or not they constructed wooden platforms the use of wood supporting structure. macy Misa surprise since wood is relatively less durable than stone or metal this week or two the long Chevy avensis wooden foundation is a fact. Today's they are submerged underwater. The decay of wood is caused by micro organisms such as fungi and bacteria. I said wouldn't support. In Venice submerged submerged underwater. They are not exposed to oxygen one of the elements needed by micro organisms to survive in addition the constant flow of saltwater order around and through the wood petrified wood over time turning the wood into hardened stone like structure now for the lagoon as a city surrounded by water. Venice had a distinct advantage over her land-based neighbors for a start then is was secure from enemy invasions for instance pippen. The son of Charlemagne attempted to invade Dennis but failed he was unable to reach the islands. On which the city was bill he couldn't get across sat Likud but all good things must come to an end. Ben Started to decline in the fifteenth century and was eventually captured by Napoleon in seventeen ninety seven when when he invaded Italy as of today the lagoon that is protected Venice from countless foreign invaders as the biggest threat to its survival to the local Venetian SA- flooding. The the city seems to be a normal phenomenon. As the water level rise is about a dozen times a year these flooding are known as Aqua Alta or high water water and are generally caused by unusually high tides due to strong winds storm surges and severe inland rains. However this is happening more frequently Woodley in recent years due to the rising sea level caused by climate change which is starting to alarm the city thus a number of solutions have been proposed was to rescue Venice from sinking? One of these measures is an experimental electro-magnetic module this involves the construction of seventy nine mobile floodgates. which will separate the lagoon from the Adriatic? When the tide exceeds one meter above the usual high watermark nevertheless some pessimistic observers doubt that these measures will be sufficient to preserve Venice forever and that the city will eventually eventually sank? Just like the fabled city of Atlantis as the time of this podcast venison experiencing the highest flooding. They've seen in over fifty years. What lies beneath the floating city was produced here night? Owl Sounds Studio and brought to you in part by the Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library be be sure to listen to kiss myths and mysteries every Monday Wednesday and Friday. I'm kit chrome. Thanks for listening.."