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Press Release 10-119

Indian Ocean Sea-Level Rise Threatens Coastal Areas

Rise is especially high along coastlines of Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, as well as Sri Lanka, Sumatra and Java

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Image of earth showing sea levels which are rising unevenly, threatening coastal areas and islands.

Indian Ocean sea levels are rising unevenly and threatening coastal areas and islands. Sea-level rise is especially high along the coastlines of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, Sri Lanka, Sumatra and Java.

Credit: NASA


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Map of earth showing the Indo-Pacific warm pool.

The Indo-Pacific warm pool extends almost halfway around the globe, stretching along the equator south of India, through the waters off Sumatra, Java, Borneo and New Guinea, and into the central Pacific Ocean. The waters of the warm pool are warmer than any those of any other open ocean on Earth. Because these waters are hot enough to drive heat and moisture high into the atmosphere, the warm pool has a large effect on the climate of surrounding lands.

Credit: NASA


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