Not clear whether human-caused global warming is to blame, experts say.
The last house on Holland Island, Maryland, where 360 people lived before tides took over (file picture). Photograph by Astrid Riecken for the Washington Post/Getty Images
June 25, 2012 (National Geographic) -- Sea level rise on the U.S. East Coast has accelerated much faster than in other parts of the world -- roughly three to four times the global average, a new study says.
Sea levels worldwide are expected to rise as global warming melts ice and causes water to expand. Those levels, though, are expected to vary from place to place, due to factors such as ocean currents, differences in seawater temperature and saltiness, and the Earth's shape.
Now it seems scientists have pinpointed just such a variance.