The Maldives, the lowest lying nation on earth, is at risk of disappearing from the world map, scientists say. Global warming and the melting of polar ice caps are causing sea levels to rise at a rate of about 2 mm (0,8 in) per year, endangering the survival of the small island nation, whose average height above mean sea level is a mere 1 meter (3,3 ft).

 

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Malé, Maldivs. October 2009 Ferry Terminal.