Wednesday, June 12, 2024


Scientists discover 657 new barrier islands with the help of satellite images

Barrier islands make up 10% of the earth’s continental shorelines, but what are these islands, how are they formed and where exactly can they be found?

A decade ago, a survey carried out identified 1’492 barrier islands worldwide. Recently, an article in the British Daily Mail Online reported on how improved technology has enabled the discovery of 657 ‘new’ barrier islands.

Barrier islands off Brazil

Barrier islands off Brazil

This informative article looks at how barrier islands are formed and their important impact on the environment. Researchers from Duke University and Meredith College in North Carolina report that the islands are not new and examine the reasons for their misclassification, including poor quality technology, as well as the former criteria based on seasonal tides used to classify barrier islands.

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