South Maldives: Sea of Atolls

Since the formation of Maldives from submersion of ancient volcanoes into the charismatic atolls, the sea of Maldives have undergone continuous changes. Through million years of geographical isolation, this water has nourished endemism and become the oasis of biological abundance in the middle of the Indian Ocean. While the arrival of foreign investors has also turned a small fishing nation into a famous tourist paradise. The ongoing development has provided a rapid economic growth to Maldives, however it is also taking some toll on the rich marine resources in this water, which could be problematic with the ongoing impacts from both environmental and anthropogenic causes in the near future.

© 2019 Sirachai (Shin) Arunrugstichai
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