[Sdi-latinamericacaribbean] Map-making highlights impact of climate change
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Wed Sep 5 01:32:16 EDT 2007
Map makers challenged by having to update maps to keep up with changes caused by climate change....
Map-making highlights impact of climate change
Map-making has always been political, and wars have started over the drawing of a boundary, but climate change has injected a new political element into modern cartography.
It has been four years since the last edition of The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, and cartographers say they have had to redraw coastlines and reclassify land to reflect significant geographical changes since then.
Some of the most marked changes highlighted in the new atlas include the Aral Sea in central Asia, which has shrunk by 74 per cent since 1967, Lake Chad in Africa, which has shrunk by 95 per cent since 1963, and the Dead Sea in the Middle East, which is 25 metres lower than it was 50 years ago. The Bangladesh coastline has had to be redrawn as more land and islands are lost to the sea, while the lowest country in the world, the Pacific nation of Tuvalu, is now only five metres above sea level.
See also: New Times Atlas displays effects of climate change
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