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Study shows areas in Big Island will eventually sink

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - According to a new study, low-lying areas on Hawaii Island are at risk of becoming engulfed by rising sea levels in the next century.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that areas such as Keaukaha, Banyan Drive, Kamehameha Avenue and Waiopae along with Alii Drive in Kona will largely be submerged sometime after the year 2100.

Assistant professor at the University of Hawaii, Steven Colbert, says the impact will only affect a small portion of the Hawaiian Islands. But he notes that many of Hawaii's treasured landmarks will be threatened, as they mainly reside in low-lying areas.

The study says that the long-term impacts of rising sea levels will vary depending on how carbon emissions are regulated.

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