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By Lilian Yamamoto, Miguel Esteban

Atoll Island States exist on most sensible of what's looked as if it would be one of many planet's such a lot susceptible ecosystems: atolls. it's been anticipated that a rise within the velocity of sea point upward thrust led to by way of expanding greenhouse gasoline concentrations within the surroundings will lead them to disappear, forcing their population emigrate.
The current e-book represents a multidisciplinary felony and engineering standpoint in this challenge, not easy a few universal misconceptions concerning atolls and their vulnerability to sea-level upward thrust. Coral islands have survived previous adjustments in sea degrees, and it's the survival of coral reefs what is going to be the most important for his or her persisted life. those islands are vital for his or her population as they symbolize not just their ancestral agricultural lands and historical past, but additionally a income during the exploitation of the maritime components linked to them. even if, no matter if confronted with severe weather switch, it will possibly theoretically be attainable for the richer Atoll Island States to engineer how you can hinder their major islands from disappearing, notwithstanding unfortunately no longer all may have the mandatory monetary assets to take action.
As islands turn into steadily uninhabitable their citizens could be compelled to settle in overseas lands, and will turn into stateless if the Atoll Island country ceases to be famous as a sovereign state. even if, instead of tackling this challenge via moving into long negotiations over new treaties, more effective suggestions, encompassing bilateral negotiations or the potential of buying small new territories, can be explored. this is able to ensure that Atoll Island States sooner or later to maintain a few type of overseas sovereign character, that could profit the descendents of its modern-day inhabitants.

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2009), p. 146. 3 Atoll Islands 19 Coral Reef Lagoon Coral Island Coral Reef Fig. 1 Atolls and Coral-Reef Islands Atolls, as explained previously, are elevated areas of the sea that have their origin on a volcano that has slowly disappeared, leaving behind a lagoon surrounded by a series of coral-reef islands. 11 They typically have a low elevation and size, and are particularly reliant on the production of sand and gravel from corals and foraminifers for their geomorphological stability. The lagoon at the centre of an atoll is relatively shallow in depth, especially compared with the depth of the outer ocean surrounding the island, which can be several thousand meters deep12 (see Fig.

39 To understand atoll systems it is important to study the cycling of the calcium carbonate (CaCO3) within the system, as these processes can lead to an overall increase or decrease in the amount of sediments within it. 40 The production part of this equation does not only relate to the presence of coral, for example, but also to destructive processes within them. 42 The coastal sediments that result from these processes come in a wide variety of sizes (see Fig. 14), as they can originate from larger pieces of 39 Sato and Yokoki (2010), p.

2010). 58 Webb and Kench (2010), pp. 234–246. 59 Webb and Kench (2010), pp. 234–246. 60 Webb and Kench (2010), pp. 234–246. e. the opposite of erosion. 55 30 2 Geography, Economy and Environment of Atoll Island States lagoon shorelines was detected in 70 % of the islands. Accretion only occurred in 30 % of the islands they examined, often in the leeward (non-exposed margins of the atoll). Webb and Kench62 note how in 65 % of the island studied there was a migration of the reef islands towards the lagoon, which is most evident on the windward margins of the atolls.

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