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Aerial Photographs Catalogue the Life and Death of Volcanic Islands

Aerial Photographs Catalogue the Life and Death of Volcanic Islands | Map@Print |

Volcanic islands can seem to appear out of nowhere, emerging from the ocean like breaching monsters of the deep. Below, Mika McKinnon explains how these odd geological formations are born, how they evolve, and how they eventually vanish back beneath the waves.

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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 12, 2014 11:12 AM

Volcanic islands are not only a beautiful and powerful natural occurrence, but their landscapes have helped to create distinctive cultures. The people living on these islands have created intense ties with their natural environment, specifically the ocean. Living on a volcanic island has its challenges, and those inhabiting them must depend on the ocean for many of their resources. Also, I would imagine that the constant changing landscape combined with the ideal that the island emerged from the sea provides fodder for powerful folkloric creation stories. 


Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 2014 4:53 PM

The birth, life, and death of these Polynesian is really a fascinating thing. As plates shift over hot spots in the earth's crust these small islands and archipelagos are born out of molten rock. It's no wonder that volcanoes hold such a important role in many Polynesian beliefs. This is also more evidence in the idea that the earth is ever changing and seemingly alive. The surface of the earth doesn't only shift continents of a millennium but these small islands crop up at an astounding rate.      

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 17, 2014 10:25 PM

Amazing Photographs, how islands are formed is a great way to show how physical geography is always changing. Whether its from one massive landmass to separate continents or a volcanic island into a reef.

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Boston's unnatural shoreline

Boston's unnatural shoreline | Map@Print |
Today's 100-year storm surge could be tomorrow's high tide.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 5, 2013 3:05 PM

This set of maps and articles help to explain why sea level rise is such an issue for many major metropolitan areas.  In coastal cities with substantial economic development, much of the current coastal areas where once underwater until landfill projects filled in the bay.  During storm surges (or if and when sea levels rise) these will be the first places to flood.  

Tags: disasters, water, physical, Boston, weather and climate.

Charlotte Hoarau's curator insight, February 6, 2013 5:57 AM

Surging sea represented on an imagery background layer.

Color ramp should be graduated.

James Hobson's curator insight, September 10, 2014 3:18 PM

Here's somehing to "Swett" over for those who live along the coast:

"Coastal cities are now living in what Brian Swett calls a “post-Sandy environment.” In this new reality, there is no more denying the specter of sea-level rise or punting on plans to prepare for it. And there is no more need to talk of climate change in abstract predictions and science-speak. We now know exactly what it could look like."

Keep in mind that as globalization expands, urbanizaion does as well, putting more and more people at this type of risk.