Pics: New Moore Island India & Global Warming?

Global Warming has another victim.

India and Bangladesh have been trying to snatch from each other a tiny landmass that first surfaced in the 1970s in the Bay of Bengal. It has re-submerged, an apparent casualty of climate change.

What the Indians call New Moore island and the Bangladeshis call South Talpatti lies in the Bay of Bengal, a region with large potential reserves of gas and oil. Satellite imagery shows the island now submerged.

I wonder if there are pictures of the New Moore Island in India before it sunk. They say global warming caused the disappearance of the island.

New Moore Island in the Sunderbans has been completely submerged now.
Are there before and after pictures of the New Moore Island in India?

asked by Peter in Geography | 3593 views | 03-24-2010 at 07:21 PM

That's right.

Picture of New Moore Island.

New Moore Island India

Global warming appears to have finally resolved a dispute that gunboats never could: An island located midway between India and Bangladesh that became a flashpoint for military threats in the 1980s is now submerged under the rising seas.

The islands in the area are the unstable creations of the Bhramaputra river delta. New Moore first emerged on satellite images in 1974, and in 1981 India sent naval ships to plant a flag. The island has become central to a broader maritime dispute intensifying as a United Nations deadline of 2011 looms for resolving the issue.

Scientists at the School of Oceanographic Studies at the university have noted an alarming increase in the rate at which sea levels have risen over the past decade in the Bay of Bengal.

Until 2000, the sea levels rose about 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) a year, but over the last decade they have been rising about 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) annually, he said.

“There is no presence of the island now. The recent satellite images establish this. This is the first time the loss of the island is being reported,” Professor Sugata Hazra, Director of School of Oceanographic Studies, told a meeting.

The New Moore island was once about 3.5 kilometers long and 3 kilometers wide and situated 4 kilometers from the mouth of the Hariabhanga River, the waterway that marks a stretch of the border between south-western Bangladesh and India.

There were no permanent structures on New Moore, but India sent some paramilitary soldiers to its rocky shores in 1981 to hoist its national flag.

Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation of 150 million people, is one of the countries worst-affected by global warming. Officials estimate 18 percent of Bangladesh’s coastal area will be underwater and 20 million people will be displaced if sea levels rise 1 meter (3.3 feet) by 2050 as projected by some climate models.

answered by Frederick | 03-24-2010 at 07:31 PM

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