For centuries, the urban area of Venice has been coping with subsidence—it's been sinking into the sea. Tides from the Adriatic and slow depeletion of the region's aquifer have led to the city's slow subsidence. Tidal barrier projects and strict limits on aquifer use have successfully combatted Venice's subsidence.

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A lagoon is a shallow body of water that may have an opening to a larger body of water, but is also protected from it by a sandbar or coral reef