Many of the world’s most cherished island destinations are facing the threat of disappearing altogether. The reason for this has been said to be the rise in sea levels due to global warming. What follows is a short list of some of our globe’s sinking paradises, though it should be noted that there are actually more.
The Maldives is made up of 1190 coral islands in the Indian Ocean, 200 of which are inhabited. This archipelago is well-known for its pristine beaches and unbelievable coral reefs, with a great number of tourists flocking to it year after year. Its surrounding waters are also home to whales, dolphins and sea turtles. With global warming causing notable rises in sea levels, scientists have said that the islands (which lie at only 1.5m above sea level) could be immersed in water by 2100.
Light, turquoise waters, balmy beaches and lush vegetation characterise this destination. It’s also blessed with everything from rich coral reefs to waterfalls, with each of its 115 islands presenting their own unique charm. Unfortunately, the Seychelles is another Indian Ocean location that is being affected by the increase in sea levels, however.
Venice (sometimes known as a ‘floating city’) is built on 117 islands in a lagoon off mainland Italy. It’s a historic marvel filled with museums, churches and breath-taking architecture, some of which go back as far as 100 AD. Although the fact that the canal-connected city is sinking is by no means new information, St. Marks is flooding an astounding 100 times per annum whereas this only used to happen around 10 times a year.
Tuvalu is located in the South Pacific Ocean, at a point that’s almost horizontally aligned with Papa New Guinea and vertically with New Zealand. Sadly, Tuvalu’s palm trees and peacefulness are quickly disappearing, to the point where New Zealand is helping out by allowing Tuvaluans to immigrate to it. With its uppermost part only being 4.6m above sea level, one study has pointed out that this collection of islets could be under water within the next 30-50 years.
Federated States of Micronesia
Located south-west of Hawaii in the North Pacific Ocean, this picturesque location is made up of four states, each with their own unique sights, cultures and character. Pohnpei, for example, is a treat with its ancient ruins, while Chuuk is well-known for the opportunity to explore its underwater World War II wrecks. Parts of the islands have already been flooded and the government has stated that it may not be possible to live in Micronesia by the time we hit 2100.