657 New Islands Uncovered By Researchers From Duke University And Meredith College By Using Satellites

By on Apr 21, 2011 in Environment, Science, World Comments
657 New Islands
657 New Islands
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An additional 657 new islands were uncovered by scientists in a recent new study conducted by researchers from Duke University and Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.

According to Duke University‘s website, satellite imagery, topographical maps and navigational charts have helped scientists in discovering the 657 new barrier islands. A total of 2,149 barrier islands worldwide were said to have been identified using this new technology. Meanwhile, in 2001, only 1,492 islands were identified without the use of satellite images.

Reports said that the newly identified 657 barrier islands may have been long existed but were overlooked or misclassified in the past surveys due to lack of research equipments.

“This provides proof that barrier islands exist in every climate and in every tide-wave combination. We found that everywhere there is a flat piece of land next to the coast, a reasonable supply of sand, enough waves to move sand or sediment about, and a recent sea-level rise that caused a crooked shoreline, barrier islands exist,” said Orrin H. Pilkey of Duke University who participated in the recent study.

The recent study is detailed in the latest issue of the Journal of Coastal Research.

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