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Finding beauty within devastation, Maldives

Date : 18/08/2020
Number of team members : 1
Team member age : 14 years old
What source did you use for the image : ESA EO image of the week
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In this shot taken by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, featured are the Maldives.  

When you first look at the image, you see oval-shaped reefs. The Maldives in fact rests on top of an old volcanic mountain range! However it is a popular tourism and diving destination with white sandy beaches in the Indian Ocean. This island nation is composed of a chain of about 1200 small coral islands grouped into clusters of atolls – encompassing over 90,000 sq km of ocean.

This image was not chosen for it’s serene and stunning nature ,this image actually displays the future . More than 80 per cent of Maldives’ land is less than one meter above the sea level, making it one of the lowest-lying countries in the world. This makes the land exceptionally prone to increasing sea levels. Satellite evidence has already revealed that the pace has increased during the past couple of years, increasing at around 5 mm each year.

However despite all the facts that leave us hopeless, every year we still act and just by speaking one’s voice and doing small deeds, we are all unifying ourselves and saving the Earth.

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