Coral islands may not be as threatened by rising sea levels as previously thought. A study shows that coral islands rise as waves deposit sand on land. Photo: Getty Images
Coral islands may not be as threatened by rising sea levels as previously thought. A study shows that coral islands rise as waves deposit sand on land. Photo: Getty Images

Nature’s answer to rising sea levels – why the Maldives and other low-lying coral islands may not be doomed by climate change

  • Recent research shows that low-lying coral islands rise naturally along with sea levels, as waves push sediment onto the land
  • Sea walls that enclose islands may be doing more harm than good, by compromising their ability to adjust to rising sea levels

Coral islands may not be as threatened by rising sea levels as previously thought. A study shows that coral islands rise as waves deposit sand on land. Photo: Getty Images
Coral islands may not be as threatened by rising sea levels as previously thought. A study shows that coral islands rise as waves deposit sand on land. Photo: Getty Images
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