Country number: 50
Territory number: 55
When? End December 1999- Jan 2000
How? Boat, seaplane
Who? With Neil
‘It has been popular to threaten “small islands and low-lying coasts” with scenarios of disastrous future flooding. The Maldives has been the most utilised target. We have undertaken a careful analysis of actual sea level changes in the Maldives. No rise has been recorded either in the present or the past centuries.’
The Maldives consists of 26 ring-shaped atolls made up of more than 1,000 coral islands
It is the smallest Asian country by both land area and population (roughly 375,000).
The capital city Malé occupies a whole island and, with over 100,000 people crammed onto it, is by some measures, the world’s densest city.
It is the world’s lowest country, with an average elevation of 1.5 metres. The Maldives are ranked the world’s third most endangered nation due to flooding from climate change and global warming.
To see more of my photos of The Maldives, visit this page.