Coral islands defy sea level rise

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The uncertainty of science: Despite having some of the highest rates of sea level rise in the past century, the 29 islands of Funafuti Atoll in the Pacific show no signs of sinking.

Despite the magnitude of this rise, no islands have been lost, the majority have enlarged, and there has been a 7.3% increase in net island area over the past century (A.D. 1897–2013). There is no evidence of heightened erosion over the past half-century as sea-level rise accelerated. Reef islands in Funafuti continually adjust their size, shape, and position in response to variations in boundary conditions, including storms, sediment supply, as well as sea level.

Be aware as well that the cause of the rise in sea level here is not clearly understood. It could be the global warming we have seen since the end of the Little Ice Age of the 1600s, or other more complex factors.

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  • Max

    From the studies I have seen, and from historical data going back to ancient ports under the water for which we know their age, ocean levels on average go up between five and 8 inches per century. The reason for this is simple, we live in the gravity well!
    Everything that falls to earth is trapped here. As long as there is life to create oxygen, all the Solar gases of methane and ammonia (that we recognize as a northern lights) will continue to convert into water making this planet into Waterworld in the far distant future.
    The first base built at the South Pole 60 years ago is now under 60 feet of ice. Even though there has never been recordable precipitation at the South Pole. The South Pole is so high with 3 miles of ice on it that the weather remains off the coast in a polar vortex and never passes across the continent. And yet they received 12 inches of new ice on average forcing them to build the new base on stilts so they can rise it higher on a regular basis. It’s not a coincidence that the ice comes during the ozone holes yearly occurrence and solar storms.

    There have been anomalies in the ocean rise record, a 400 foot rise has been correlated and attributed to the time of Noah. It’s my personal belief, and the scientific evidence points to, that the flood event of Noah was not the world being covered by water in the traditional sense, but rather by ice in one of earths many minor ice ages. it makes far more sense that Noah built a shelter on the side of Mount Ararat to survive the sudden Solar or interstellar gas event that enveloped our world converting our thick atmosphere of oxygen into a thin atmosphere that we have today. As Atmospheric pressure decreased, so did the temperature converting the water to snow that indeed covered the world. The woolly mammoths were covered in 100 feet of ice with spring butter cups in their mouth’s indicating that this event was overwhelming.
    Noah emerged from the shelter seeing the sun probably for the first time without clouds between. They saw rainbows and stars they didn’t know were there as well as colder temperatures. The years were no longer counted in lunar cycles like methuselahs age.
    With increased mass, the planet probably moved further from the sun explaining other anomalies that we thought were constants in our past…increasing the uncertainty in science…

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