A method to control sea level rise comprises moving seawater from a sea (42) to an area of land. In one embodiment, the seawater is placed in a natural depression (11). In another embodiment, the water is placed in an area of land (12) having soil with an unused water carrying capacity. In another embodiment, the area of land is a natural bowl (10). In yet another embodiment, the area of land is modified to create a bowl 10a. In specific embodiments, channels such as canals, aqueducts (44, 60), or pipelines are used to move the water. The water may be moved by gravity or pumped (66), and may be used to generate (54) electricity. In a specific embodiment the land used is the desert near the border (30) of Libya (16) and Egypt (14) that contains the Qattara Depression (11) and the Great Sand Sea (12).