Maldive Islands

This true-color Terra MODIS image of the Maldive Islands was acquired December 24, 2002. The Maldives is an archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean, south of the Laccadive (Lakshadweep) Islands and southwest of India.s southern tip. The archipelago is made up of 1190 islands grouped into 26 atolls, of which less than 300 are inhabited by just over 300,000 people. The islands of the Maldives are especially sensitive to rising sea levels and erosion, since 80 percent of the islands are 1 meter or less above sea level.
Source: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Maldive Islands, Indian Ocean

It is not the islands of the Maldives that are visible in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( MODIS ) image, it is the ring of coral atolls that form the islands. Approximately 1,190 tiny islands sit on the 26 atolls seen in this image. The coral reflects light, lending a brilliant aquamarine tint to the water in satellite imagery, and it is this that makes the Maldives stand out against the vast Indian Ocean. Only 80 of the islands themselves are occupied. The islands are low and flat, covered with white sandy beaches. Because 80 percent of the land area is less that one meter above sea level, the country is highly susceptible to sea level changes related to global warming. MODIS flying on NASAs Terra satellite captured this image on January 5, 2004.
Source: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Maldives, Indian Ocean

Luminous, seemingly insubstantial from this perspective, the coral atoll islands that make up the Maldives are scattered in a line from the southwestern tip of India down to the equator. There are 1200 individual islands, 200 of which are inhabited. There is very little relief, and many islands are no higher than 2 meters (6.6 feet) above sea level. Because of this low-lying terrain, even a modest sea-level rise anticipated in a global warming scenario could have significant consequences for the Maldives. This image was acquired by MODIS on March 31, 2002.
Source: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Maldive Islands

The reefs and islands of the Maldives are clearly visible in this SeaWiFS image.
Source: Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE