They are the tiny islands that have literally disappeared.
Five islands in the Pacific Ocean existed as late as 2014; fast forward two years and they are nowhere to be seen.
A further six reef islands are also facing the same fate, in a disturbing warning to the world’s scientists and other low-lying nations.
An alarming new study, published in Environmental Research Letters, reveals rising sea levels and coastal erosion are to blame for the predicament.
Scientists warn the findings could provide valuable insights for future research.
“At least 11 islands across the northern Solomon Islands have either totally disappeared over recent decades or are currently experiencing severe erosion,” the study confirms.
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Source Credits: Debra Killalea in news.com.au and AFP. Image above is of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoying their visit to the islands