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.


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


  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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