Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Inhabited Island Swallowed by Rising Sea

The first inhabited island to fall victim to rising ocean levels: Lohachara, once home to 10,000 people.

As the Independent puts it:
The obliteration of Lohachara island, in India's part of the Sundarbans where the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal, marks the moment when one of the most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate scientists has started coming true.

As the seas continue to swell, they will swallow whole island nations, from the Maldives to the Marshall Islands, inundate vast areas of countries from Bangladesh to Egypt, and submerge parts of scores of coastal cities.
Here's an illustrative graphic I found at spiiderweb:

"Note the change to Lohachara island between 1969 and 2001 and in 5 more years the island has completely disappeared."

There's more on this story at the Calcutta Telegraph.

Here's a satellite image of the ex-island.


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