Jefferson Memorial Sinking
The Jefferson Memorial is sinking:
Up on the surface, the signs of the trouble at the Jefferson Memorial are small:
A few blacktop patches over uneven seams in some concrete. A cordoned-off section where the sea wall has slipped below the front plaza. The “tilt meter” boxes that visitors can’t see unless they know where to look.
Although the Jefferson Memorial itself appears stable, parts of the complex around it seem to be sinking into the mud of the Tidal Basin.
Underground, though, the problems may be huge: Slowly, almost imperceptibly, parts of the complex seem to be sinking into the mud.
It’s probably not endangering the majestic 32,000-ton domed structure itself, although it’s being monitored for movement.
It’s what happens when you build your national capital in a swamp.
I’m waiting for people to blame this on President Bush and/or global warming. Because you know if AlGore were President this wouldn’t be happening.
“Jefferson Memorial’s Signs of Sinking Raise Fresh Alarms”
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