Coral Atoll Tuvalu

Tuvalu islands are growing, not sinking, according to reports in, PhysOrg 9 February 2018, and Science Alerts 15 February 2018, and Nature Communications doi:10.1038/s41467-018-02954-1, 9 February 2018.

Tuvalu is one of many small Pacific Island nations that have been predicted to be swallowed up by rising sea levels caused by man-made global warming.  A team of researchers from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, have carried out a survey of changes in the coastlines of Tuvalu’s nine atolls and 101 reef islands between 1971 and 2014.  The team used aerial photographs and satellite image data to assess any changes in size of the islands and atolls, and found most were growing in land area, rather than sinking beneath the waves.

There was an overall increase of 2.9% over the 43 year period, with eight of the nine atolls and 74% of the islands increasing in size.  The research team concluded that their results “challenge perceptions of island loss, showing islands are dynamic features that will persist as sites for habitation over the next century”.  The scientists suggest the growth is the result of wave patterns moving sediment, sand, and gravel around, along with material deposited by storms.

Links: PhysOrg, Science Alert

Editorial Comment: Didn’t read this in the daily press? The ABC news? Amazing isn’t it? Greeny evolutionist global warming propagandists rarely report the facts. Anyone who has lived on an island or near a coastline will know how dynamic seashores can be.  Ocean currents, tides and storms move enormous amounts of sand and rocks in very short times.  Earthquakes and volcanic activity also cause landforms to rise and fall, sometime very rapidly.

All these huge forces are natural phenomena that are never going to be under the control of mankind.  Politicians and environmental activists need to need to be humble enough to admit that, and stop looking for excuses to scare people into paying higher taxes and accepting bureaucratic restrictions over land use.

Instead, we should be praying to the Creator who actually does control the ocean currents, the rain and the earth movements. We should be looking after the things we can control, and making wise use of the resources the Creator has given us.

Evidence News vol. 18 No. 2
28 February 2018
Creation Research Australia

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