Atolls don’t disappear–they may grow or shift

Studies of what have been described as threatened atolls and islands, show that there are confounders.

No kidding, you mean when the ocean floor shifts and plate tectonics slide and move, that the slow incremental ocean rise might not inundate islands? You think maybe there are other dynamics and the scaremongers are just assuming sea rise is a scary thing? Maybe?

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27639-small-atoll-islands-may-grow-not-sink-as-sea-levels-rise.html#.VXLvwVVdWa-

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3 responses to “Atolls don’t disappear–they may grow or shift

  1. South Pacific atolls are by-products of volcanism. First a volcanic island emerges from the ocean floor. Then, corals grow all around the island to form coral reefs. Finally, the volcanic island begins to sink by subduction and goes completely under water, leaving only a ring of coral islands visible above water. Such a ring of coral islands is called an atoll. It’s existence implies that somewhere in the middle of the atoll is a sinking volcanic island because the atoll could not have formed otherwise. The atoll itself remains above water as long as the rate of sinking does not exceed the rate of coral growth and begins to go under water otherwise.

  2. Well, you know growing islands and atolls will not make the front page of the NYT or WaPo.
    Doesn’t fit the meme.
    Just like increasing Antarctic ice.

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