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By: Katherine Butler on Aug. 31, 2012, 11:07 a.m.
The Maldives from space

Photo: NASA/GSFC/ASTER Science Team

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The Maldives: Endangered ocean jewels

The Maldives, an island nation located in the northern Indian Ocean southwest of India, is a string of small coral islands with an average elevation of about one meter above sea level. For this reason, National Geographic and others call the nation “ground zero” for climate change.


In 2009, President Mohamed Nasheed and his ministers held an underwater cabinet meeting to highlight the concerns for this “sinking” nation. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if water to were to rise a mere seven inches, the Maldives would be “unlivable.”