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In this photo taken Wednesday, March 28, 2012 amphibious homes float on the harbor in the IJburg neighborhood in Amsterdam. IJburg is a new district in the eastern part of town completely surrounded by water. The Netherlands, a third of which lies below sea level, has been managing water since the Middle Ages and has thus emerged as a pioneer in the field, exporting its expertise to Indonesia, China, Thailand, Dubai and the Republic of the Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago that with a maximum elevation of about 2 meters (8 feet) is the world's lowest country. (AP Photo/Margriet Faber)

In this photo taken Wednesday, March 28, 2012 amphibious homes float on the harbor in the IJburg neighborhood in Amsterdam. IJburg is a new district in the eastern part of town completely surrounded by water. The Netherlands, a third of which lies below sea level, has been managing water since the Middle Ages and has thus emerged as a pioneer in the field, exporting its expertise to Indonesia, China, Thailand, Dubai and the Republic of the Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago that with a maximum elevation of about 2 meters (8 feet) is the world's lowest country. (AP Photo/Margriet Faber)

Floating homes the answer to rising seas

Around the world, architects and city planners are exploring ways mankind and water may be able to coexist as oceans rise and other phenomenon induced by climate change, including extreme, erratic floods, threaten land-rooted living. (April 3)