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Above the Maldives

April 18, 2012

When you first fly over the Maldive islands you can understand two things about them. One is how the group of islands are formed and the other is how one day, the ocean might take these islands back.

The Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, spread over roughly 35,000 sq mi, making this one of the world’s most dispersed countries.

The Maldives is the lowest country in the world, with a maximum natural ground level of only 7 ft 10 in, with the average being only 4 ft 11 in above sea level, (although in areas where construction exists, this has been increased to several feet). However, more than 80 per cent of the country’s land is composed of coral islands that rise less than a few feet above sea level.

To me the islands looked like agate– with the different colors and layers of coral, sand, and water.

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