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Threaten Gibraltar Barrage

Why not *threaten* to dam the Gibraltar Straits
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Why not *threaten* to dam the Gibraltar Straits and then demand Billions of Dollars/Pounds not to do so.

If you damed the Gibraltar Straits think of the damage it would do!

If the sea levels in the Med rose:

=> Most of Italy, Greece, Spain, Egypt and North Africa etc etc etc would be underwater.

=> Mass droughts everywhere except for the med.

=> Venice = Atlantis

=> Rome = Venice

If the sea level in the Med dropped

=> It would force UP sea levels everywhere else

=> The seaside towns in Italy and the south of France etc would be 200 miles from the coast.

=> Albanians could no longer escape to Italy by boat.

=> The worlds highest mountain would be in Italy

The worlds goverments would have no choice but to pay. Spain, Morroco and the UK would have to Collaborate to make the threat believable, but the pay-off would be worth it.

CasaLoco, Aug 13 2001

actually proposed http://geology.abou...weekly/aa072097.htm
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       Nightmare. I'm having a nightmare. <<<rolling over and going back to sleep>>>>>
El Pedanto, Aug 13 2001

       OK, hint taken, speling and cAPITALISATION corrected. Do I get a bread thingy now?
CasaLoco, Aug 13 2001

       You can't get a croissant, 'cause half of france is underwater.
[ sctld ], Aug 13 2001

       //'Albanians could no longer escape to Italy by boat'//
But they could, oh, walk?
angel, Aug 14 2001

       I'll be in Gibraltar in three weeks. I'll ask them what they think.
Mayfly, Aug 15 2001

       If we damed the strait they would simply blow up the Dam. We would have lost a multi billion dollar project and they would only lose one missle. Not very profitable if you ask me.
wood2coal, Aug 31 2001, last modified Sep 02 2001

       [wood2coal] - stop picking faults. They would have no legal right to blow it up. Besides... merely the threat of us damning the straights would be enough to extort the money.
CasaLoco, Jan 14 2002

       What organization would be doing the threatening? What demonstration of ability to dam the straits would be used to back up the threat?
bristolz, Jan 14 2002

       <Bones>Damn it Jim! I'm a Doctor, not a Social Engineer!</Bones>
thumbwax, Jan 14 2002

       To end any speculation, the Med would empty. Despite all the rivers that flow into it ( Volga, Nile and Danube to name but three) there is almost always an inbound current at the Straits of Gibraltar.
Gordon Comstock, Jan 14 2002

       The only good thing about doing this would be that most of Spain would get flooded.   

       Serves them right for persecuting us Gibraltarians for so many years.   

       Lula, proud Gibraltarian.
Lula, Jun 15 2003

       I seem to recall reading that this has actually occurred several times over geologic history.
bungston, Jun 15 2003

       [UnaBubba] DeadorAlive.com
thecat, Jun 16 2003

       If memory serves, last time the Med was isolated it set off an ice age. Don't quote me on that, though.
sambwiches, Jun 16 2003

       I don't think that blackmail would really work since it'd probably be a relatively easy thing to blow up.   

       A better way to go about things would be to convince the world that draining the Med would be a good thing. Then, after the basin had become populated, you threaten to fill it again unless given a hefty sum, a bus to the airport, and a jet to Bermuda.
rapid transit, Jun 18 2003


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