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2009-12-01 10:35:00

A meteorological depression and natural tides have placed much of Venice - including St. Mark's Square - underwater, officials announced Monday. Forty-five percent of the city was reported to be swamped after the lagoon rose more than 4 feet. Between 1993 and 2002, Venice has flooded 50 times. The worst was on November, 4, 1966, when the city experienced catastrophic flooding, submerging Venice under 1.94 meters of water. Also, according to AFP, "In February 1986, levels reached 1.58 meters...


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call-note
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'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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