Venice on ice

Another example which has been mentioned to prove the cold in the Little ice age is the frozen Venice lagoon. There is a large amount of written evidence about the difficulties caused by the intense cold during the winter of 1788-1789, even in paintings showing boats stuck in the ice, which prevented supplies of goods and navigability. Actually the lagoon of Venice has frozen many other times, even after the so-called Little Ice Age. In fact there is proof of these events at the end of 1920, in 1956 in 1985 and even recently in 1991. However, in the past decades the ice in the Venice lagoon has surely been a less frequent condition, and this is not only due to an increase in the temperature, but also because here too there have been large structural changes in the port and the construction of canals that have changed the hydro-geological order of the lagoon. This has favoured better water circulation, but also the acqua alta (high water) phenomenon.

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