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Geography Bits – Maldives and other “Sinking Nations”

Tourist ad for the Maldives







photo from http://www.justluxe.com/inpictures/gallery.php?cid=1732316

I was looking online for updated information about the Maldives, and found this photo that was in scoop.it from my friend Gabriella just posted today!  Great minds do work alike.  LOL.

The Maldives is a group over 1,192 islands.  Most are very small, and are very close to sea level.  They are beautiful, and remote islands, neighbors to Sri Lanka.

The weather is mild and warm all year long, and the islands are not in the path of the monsoons.  Tourism is a valuable industry on the Maldives, and guests are pampered.  There is a wide variety of resorts to choose from.







photo from http://www.visitmaldives.com/en

Of course not all the people are wealthy.  The island people are rich in culture and family.







photo from http://www.visitmaldives.com/en

Malhosmadulhu Atoll seen from space. From Wikipedia




I was inspired to research Maldives by my friend’s post at Sri Lanka News last week.    http://srilankanewsonline.com/who-will-control-maldives-territory-if-maldive-islands-sink-in-the-sea/#comment-28057  The Maldives are very low to sea level, and if they sink, what will happen to their people, government?  Maldives is a next door neighbor to the Maldives.

I had heard of other islands before in similar circumstances.  This story on NPR is about Kiribati people from the South Pacific who were relocated to a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. http://www.npr.org/011/02/17/133681251/preparing-for-sea-level-rise-islanders-leave-home

Tuvalu has also been in the news because of the situation of losing it’s land to the sea.  They are being very proactive with alternative energy and trying to reduce global warming.


Losing land to rising water is a big problem for our future.  Not only the politics, but the practical issues for the families involved.

One of the possibilities, is to purchase land from India to establish the Maldive’s nation.










Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry

  1. February 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Nice read. Maldives is a place to visit.

    • February 29, 2012 at 12:42 am

      yes, heard the diving and seafood are wonderful!

  2. February 28, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Interesting to read about the experience of moving to another location, and sleeping in a room, without any sounds. As opposed, to the shouts and singing of living on the island.

    Not surprising they’ve been relocated to Brisbane, after all we are part of the Asia Pacific rim, and Queensland climate most suits.

  3. February 28, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Makes me wanna hop on a plane………………

    • February 29, 2012 at 5:23 am

      Hurry! (before it’s gone)

  4. February 28, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing Sally 🙂

  5. TaxCoach
    February 28, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks for the update. I’d love to visit Maldives before it disappears.

  6. lsmn364
    February 28, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    The maldives are one of the greatest places on earth 🙂 It would be a pity When it dissapear in the ocean 😦

  7. February 28, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I was not aware of islands in the middle of the ocean “sinking” as the water level rises.

  8. February 28, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I’m with you TaxCoach – maybe we should put it on our bucket lsit

  9. February 28, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I’d love to visit too!

  10. February 29, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I couldn’t imagine living on something so small. I mean I live in Texas and I wish it was bigger! Thanks for the read Sally.

  11. MesaBoogie
    February 29, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Reblogged this on MesaBoogie007.

  12. February 29, 2012 at 12:31 am

    So, are they really sinking? Anyone documenting the rise or lack of rise?

  13. February 29, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Do they have the necessary resources to “buy” land in another country? sounds weird.. but not impossible…

  14. February 29, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Still planning on visiting this place one day.

  15. February 29, 2012 at 2:55 am

    I was born and raised in Texas, so I don’t think I would be happy on such a small island.

  16. February 29, 2012 at 5:25 am

    The loss of island nations to the seas are imho one of the Biggest stories of climate change. And it saddens me that not only are most folks not hearing this story, but others continue to deny what’s happening. Thanks for a great article, Sally.

  17. February 29, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Sally,
    Glad to be your inspiration 🙂 Very interesting post. Seem like you did a lot of research on this.

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