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
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

Climate change

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

Topic |   Climate change
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
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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