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Florida to Completely Disappear When the World's Ice Melts

National Geographic made an interactive map recently to show what exactly would happen to the earth if all the ice melted. And good news, everybody, we'd all drown!

Other big cities, like New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and London would also be screwed. But only partially. Florida, on the other hand, would be completely submerged into the ocean. Like Atlantis! Except with weird criminals and spotty politicians.

Even science hates us!

The visual, which you can see here, is meant to show just how bad things will get for everyone on the planet once all the ice was gone.

Though the scientists tracking the current ice melt around the globe say that it would be around 5,000 years for all of it to melt, it still paints a gloomy picture for humanity -- starting with our fair state.

The end result is pretty nuts. The average temperature around the Earth would rise from 58 degrees to 80 degrees, there would be mass migrations to higher ground, causing overpopulations in those parts of the world. There would be massive economic collapse, which would lead to war, pestilence, famine and, of course, death everywhere.

Really, not much different than our current times. Just, a lot wetter.

In North America alone, the entire Atlantic seaboard would sink along with Florida and the Gulf Coast.

So what's this all mean?

It means that the ice is going to keep on melting if we keep our greenhouse gas levels up. Unless "the billions of tons of our annual emissions decrease substantially, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Basically, we need to chill with the environment. EIther that, or everybody grab a floatie!

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