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The deepening of channels in the 20th century, the overextraction of fresh water from mainland aquifers, the rising of the Adriatic Sea, and the geologic sinking of the Po River basin have all combined to lower the land level, creating a serious (“high water”) so familiar to Venetians, and elaborate raised platforms are laid out in main squares to allow tourists and others to walk around the city.
A particularly severe inundation struck in 1966, prompting a series of national and even international efforts to study the problem and propose solutions.
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Settlement in the lagoon predates Roman times, but the present urban structure took shape in the early 7th century, when migrants from the mainland swelled existing fishing communities on the higher mudflats and sandbanks.