Indian Ocean: The Maldives Islands

1242 Words Jun 25th, 2018 5 Pages
Many people have taken a great interest in a particular area called the Maldives. The Maldives is a group of islands that is located in the Indian Ocean, just off the tip of India. The Maldives is a desired tropical destination which deeply invests millions of dollars in attempt to cater to the republic's tourism (Zubair et al. 2011). Even though the Maldives Republic boasts of an excellent tourist destination, there has been a problem that keeps getting worse. The islands are threatened by the constant sea level changes as it is rising. If the sea level keeps on rising, it may potentially destroy the islands and cause them to cease to exist ultimately displacing many of the residents that inhabit the islands. The Maldives is a low-lying …show more content…
Another result from the tsunami disaster was that there was a tremendous amount of contamination due to the runoff from land that consisted of debris and waste products. Other negatives effects happened as the shores of the islands receded, many fish populations died, and loss of many tourist attractions which hugely affected the tourism industry (Karthikheyan, 2010). Relating back to the sea level changing, the tsunami disaster caused the sea level to rise at an alarming rate. With the sea level rising, the Maldivians have to be cautious of flooding, coastal erosion, and detrimental wave effects. The reason why Maldivians have to be cautious about wave effects because after the tsunami disaster in 2004 destroyed many coral reefs, the islands have been more prone to wave effects. Coral reefs ultimately provide protection from wave actions as these reefs slow down the erosion of land. As the tsunami destroyed many coral reefs, global warming is also destroying many coral reefs due to the wave actions and the water temperatures increasing. Another thing that the Maldivians have to be cautious of is as the temperature around the world gets warmer, the frequency and intensity of storms will indeed increase (Khan et al. 2002). If the sea level continues to rise, the islands face the possibility of sinking. If the islands were to sink, that would leave thousands of Maldivians displaced with no where to live. Then president,
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