Science Alert, 15th February 2018

The Polynesian island nation of Tuvalu has long been marked as a prime candidate to get swallowed up by the ocean as sea levels rise, but new research shows the land mass of the nation is actually expanding.

That's based on aerial photographs and satellite imagery taken of Tuvalu's nine atolls and 101 reef islands between the years 1971 and 2014. Researchers found eight of the atolls and nearly three-quarters of the islands grew in size in that time.

Overall, the land area increase was 2.9 percent, even while recorded sea levels rose around the coasts of the country. The team from the University of Auckland in New Zealand says we may have to rethink how many island nations like Tuvalu are likely to disappear.

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