Exploring the planet’s growing number of artificial islands

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The Maldives is an archipelago that is constantly expanding, with new human-made islands being constantly added to the area’s 1,192 natural islands. The latest and largest project is the Fari Islands in the North Malé Atoll. Initially a set of small sandbanks jutting out of the Indian Ocean, there are now three large islands, born in a five-year period using pumps, dredgers and breakwaters. The largest is home to a tourist resort. At first glance, it looks like many other resorts, with a shimmering turquoise lagoon whose temperature is a steady 28 degrees Celsius. Palm trees are dotted along s…

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