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That Sinking Feeling

March 24, 2010

Okay, this is a little unnerving. Strike one small island from the map of the globe. Climate change? Hard to say… could be a lot of things. Even still, relatively unfortunate, I’d say.

For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in theBay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have resolved the dispute for them: the island’s gone.

New Moore Island in the Sunderbans has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery andsea patrols, he said.

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2 comments

  1. It seems to have appeared in 1970 and “neither country established any permanent settlement there because of the island’s geographical instability”

    http://wikimapia.org/9533633/New-Moore-or-South-Talpatti-Island


  2. How could it be a ‘tiny rock island?’ The sediment is 20 km thick in those parts. It was a sandbar. A storm created it; storms and tides have now washed it away. Happens all the time.

    Almost nothing that appears in the press (or in NGO reports) about sea-level rise in the Bay of Bengal is true. Regional politics + tranzi eco-angst = a perfect storm of untruths.



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