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Bay of Bengal Island Disappeared Underwater

Written by: on 25th March 2010 |
Bay of Bengal Island Disappeared Underwater  | read this item

A lot of tremendous things are happening in our planet right now. Earthquakes striking everywhere, unexpected volcanic eruptions which eventually causing our oceans to rise and no wonder sinking islands all the over the globe.

The latter situation has happened recently. An island in the Bay Bengal has been reported to disappear. For India, they call it New Moore Island and for Bangladesh it is the South Talpatti Island. The two countries has been fighting for the island’s ownership for years. It seems that they won’t be fighting for it now because none of them have it. The ocean claimed it. Recent satellite images showed the island to be completely underwater.

Vanishing islands is not unusual in Bangladesh though because it is happening annually. More islands would vanish in the future because our oceans levels are rising due to Global warming.

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  1. John W says:

    So, an island that formed in the 1970’s, no doubt due to global cooling, that was about 2 meters above sea level has disappeared due to a few centimeters sea level rise? Maybe there’s some other forces at work here. Sand islands form, grow, shrink, move, and disappear without any help from climate change.

  2. Natural Climate Change says:


    “The birth and death of an island in the Bay of Bengal”

    By Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner – the head of the Paleogeophysics and
    Geodynamics department at Stockholm University in Sweden.
    He is past president (1999-2003) of the INQUA Commission
    on Sea Level Changes and Coastal Evolution, and leader of the Maldives Sea Level Project. Dr. Mörner has been studying the sea level and its effects on coastal areas for some 35 years.”

    On 25 March, 2010, it was suddenly announced that the island had disappeared. Many, including scientists (for example Sugata Hazra, professor in oceanography
    at Jadavpur University in Calcutta), took the island’s disappearance as an expression of a rapidly rising sea level.

    The fact, however, is that it has nothing to do with any global sea level rise, but is attributable to local dynamic factors operating in this part of the Bay of Bengal.

    So, the Island of South Talpatti (New Moor Island) was born in 1970 and killed in 2010. The island had a short lifetime of only 40 years. The ultimate cause of its birth was cyclone damage. The cause of its death is likely to be local dynamic influences operating in this part of the huge delta, and it is surely not an effect of a rapid global sea-level rise.

    Over the last 40 years we record a virtually fully stable eustatic sea level, even in the Sundarban delta of Bangladesh. The disappearance of the island is by no means a sign of
    global sea-level rise.