Google Maps, using information compiled by NASA, regarding predictions of a rise in sea levels as a result of climate change, has drawn up maps showing what the effects would be of different rises in sea level, from a minimum of one metre to a maximum of 14 metres, which would be a catastrophic extreme and is highly improbable.
In the case of Majorca, the minimum increase of one metre would have extremely negative consequences.
The flooding would affect all the wetlands, such as the Albufera in Alcudia, the Albufera of Pollensa and the Salobrar of Campos, extending as far as Ses Salines.
The Sant Jordi area and Son Sant Joan airport, which are already below sea level, and a considerable stretch of motorway between Coll den Rabassa and Las Maravillas would also go under water.
Also affected would be Es Carnatge, where the Sant Joan de Deu hospital is, where the power company GESA-Endesa plans to built its new headquarters, and where the underwater gas pipe is due to surface.
The Portixol and Cala Gamba yacht clubs would be flooded, as would the area between El Rotlet and Ciudad Jardin-Coll den Rebassa.
In the extreme case of a 14 metre rise in sea level, the results would be spectacular, with generalised flooding in the Pla de San Jordi and the front line of Palma, from the old part to Arenal.
The flooding would extend to Son Ferriol and the Manacor road.
In the north, the flooding would reach Sa Pobla, Muro and the Pollensa road, while the Alcudia peninsula, including Cap Pinar, would be separated from the rest of Majorca, creating a new island.
In the south, El Salobrar would be widened into a gulf, and La Colonia de Sant Jordi and the coast to Cap Salines would disappear.
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