Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Earth: Rising sea swallows Indian island

Disputed isle in Bay of Bengal disappears into sea
NEW DELHI – For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have resolved the dispute for them: the island's gone. New Moore Island in the Sunderbans has been completely submerged, said ocean-ographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirm-ed by satellite imagery and sea patrols, he said. "What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming," said Hazra. Scientists at the School of Oceanographic Studies at the university have noted an alarming increase in the rate at which sea levels have risen over the past decade in the Bay of Bengal.

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