Maldives Sea Level Rise

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Maldives Location
In the Indian Ocean, it is a tropical island with the Capital called Male.
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Background
It has 1190 islands, 199 of which are inhabited by Maldivians, it will be fully submerged within 50-100 years and will be one of the first places to be lost due to sea level rise.
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Causes (of sea level rise and Maldives vulnerability)
Thermal expansion of water, melting of ice caps (Greenland Glaciers), the Maldives are low lying (80% below sea level).
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Natural effects
Destroyed habitats, loss of topsoil (soil is only 20cm and can easily be washed away.) loss of beraches.
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Economic effects
Loss of tourism which is a main industry, loss of jobs and the airport will be in danger.
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Social effects
Forced migration, houses lost, lack of fresh water due to the contamination of the water supply by sea water.
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Political effects
Had to ask for aid (Japan gave $60 million in aid for sea defenses) only remaining option is to buy land to migrate people to and combat global warming.
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It has 1190 islands, 199 of which are inhabited by Maldivians, it will be fully submerged within 50-100 years and will be one of the first places to be lost due to sea level rise.

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