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657 New Islands Discovered Worldwide

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posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 09:33 PM
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657 New Islands Discovered Worldwide


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The Earth has 657 more barrier islands than previously thought, according to a new global survey by researchers from Duke University and Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.

The researchers identified a total of 2,149 barrier islands worldwide using satellite images, topographical maps and navigational charts. The new total is significantly higher than the 1,492 islands identified in a 2001 survey conducted without the aid of publicly available satellite imagery.

Barrier islands often form as chains of long, low, narrow offshore deposits of sand and sediment, running parallel to a coast but
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posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 09:33 PM
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All told, the world’s barrier islands measure about 13,000 miles (21,000 kilometers) in length. They are found along all continents except Antarctica and in all oceans, and they make up roughly 10 percent of the Earth’s continental shorelines. The northern hemisphere is home to 74 percent of these islands.

Barrier islands help protect low-lying mainland coasts against erosion and storm damage, and can be important wildlife habitats. The nation with the most barrier islands is the United States, with 405, including those along the Alaskan Arctic shoreline.



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posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 09:47 PM
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Checked out the actual research paper from the article Open-Ocean Barrier Islands: Global Influence of Climatic, Oceanographic, and Depositional Settings

Interesting that they are talking about both tectonic events, as well as local sea level changes.

Seems like some geographic feature change faster than is normally assumed.

Another article in the same edition Barrier Island Population along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts talks about the US situation, and stresses on the barrier islands.



posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 09:56 PM
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So on the CT tip... I'm guessing that if you live on an Island that nobody knows about, well then you can do pretty much anything couldn't you?



posted on Apr, 22 2011 @ 12:52 AM
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Nice to know we have some more places to holiday at..


My thought is, how long until these are pillaged by those that see big $$ signs??

Also, how long until someone links this to "climate change"..


Cheers.



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