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Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents of the Pacific$
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Patrick D. Nunn

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832193

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832193.001.0001

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Vanished Islands of the Future

Vanished Islands of the Future

(p.182) 10 Vanished Islands of the Future
Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents of the Pacific

Patrick D. Nunn

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter deals with the future, and when and why landmasses might disappear. During the twentieth century, temperature rise and sea-level rise caused significant changes to the Pacific that have impacted on its people and their livelihoods. Principal among these has been the loss of lowlands by seawater inundation, erosion, and groundwater salinization. Recent sea-level rise has probably been responsible for the erasure of some surficial islands off the map of the Pacific. If sea level rises as projected during the twenty-first century, more will undoubtedly vanish. The chapter concludes with a discussion of what we can learn about geohazards from the study of vanished islands.

Keywords:   vanished islands, landmasses, global warming, sea-level rise, Pacific Ocean

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