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At high tide each night, bright lights predict the underwater future.
- Lochmaddy is a seaside village sitting at the encroaching edge of the North Atlantic.
- Artists dazzling lights depict the town's submerged future as the oceans continue rising.
- It's an unsettling visualization of global warming's impact.
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Photo credit: Niittyvirta / Aho<p>Named for Lochmaddy's latitude and longitude, <em>Lines (57° 59N, 7° 16W) </em>is the creation of two Finnish artists, <a href="http://www.niittyvirta.com/lines-57-59-n-7-16w/" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1">Pekka Niittyvirta</a> and <a href="http://www.timoaho.org" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1">Timo Aho</a>. They've constructed horizontal LED arrays above low-lying areas and bridges that will be submerged if the Earth's temperatures continue to rise, and at corresponding high-water locations on the sides of endangered structures.</p><p>Floating sensors switch the LEDs on at high tide each night, bright, painful incisions in the otherwise peaceful dark. It's a troubling sight, not least due to the incongruous appearance of such a futuristic-looking intrusion in such a serene setting. A sad one, too, making starkly clear what's about to be lost if we don't act quickly to save the places we love too much to lose.</p>
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