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Land subsidence: Mexico City has many land-subsidence problems

Yes, the buildings in this picture of Mexico City, Mexico are indeed showing a wave pattern instead of a straight line from left to right. In fact, situations such as these are happening throughout Mexico City, where long-term extraction of groundwater has caused significant land subsidence and associated aquifer-system compaction, which has damaged colonial-era buildings, buckled highways, and disrupted water supply and waste-water drainage. Some buildings have been deemed unsafe and have been closed and many others have needed repairs to keep them intact.

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A row of buildings, showing effects of land subsidence, near the Great Temple in Mexico City.

Credit: Conifer-Hunting in Mexico.

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