In this article we want to show you two unusual perspectives on the Marshall Islands: the view from the air and the view under the surface of the water.
During the Second World War, the Marshall Islands, due to their geographical location in the Pacific, were the scene of numerous armed conflicts between the USA and Japan. Even today the traces of it are visible. On and around the various atolls you can find the remains of bunkers and control centers, sunken shipwrecks and crashed planes. The upper photo shows the ruins of Japanese tankers on the island of Tarawa in Maloelap Atoll. In the video you see an American aircraft wreck (probably a small bomber) lying on the bottom of the Majuro lagoon. It has become an artificial reef for a variety of living beeings. Irony of time.
We stay around the lagoon of Majuro and take a look at the island Kolol En. It is currently low tide. But at the various high flood levels, the brownish, unvegetated areas of the atoll are again or again partially or completely in shallow water. The green, overgrown parts rise only slightly higher than the brownish ones.
You can easily imagine what happens here when the sea level rises – even only slightly.
Kolol En is sparsely populated and a popular destination of the Marshallese People. We have selected this video for you because buildings and protective structures can not obstruct your view of the essentials here. There is green. There is brown. Now is low tide. Soon comes flood. You just have to look.
Opposite the small island of Kolol En, on the other side of the lagoon lies – no taller than the green parts of Kolol En – the large Majuro City, a modern world with many people, homes, kindergartens, schools, two universities, an international airport , Radio stations, office buildings, shopping malls, factories – all this has been protected by “seawalls” that are raised from time to time.
The entire state territory of the Republic of the Marshall Islands consists of shallow coral atolls. There is not a single mountain island. No room for retreat.
What would you do?