Vanishing Nation

Island of Abaiang. Village called Tebunginako has had to relocate because of rising seas and land erosion. Former fresh water lagoon that is now inundated with sea water killing the coconut trees. When a coconut tree dies, the decay starts at the top. First the fruit falls and then the leaves. All that is left is a desiccated trunk, cut off at half-mast. In the front Mangrove trees have been planted as a strategy by the government to try to hold the soil in place. ©Malin Fezehai

Island of Abaiang. Village called Tebunginako has had to relocate because of rising seas and land erosion. Former fresh water lagoon that is now inundated with sea water killing the coconut trees. When a coconut tree dies, the decay starts at the top. First the fruit falls and then the leaves. All that is left is a desiccated trunk, cut off at half-mast. In the front Mangrove trees have been planted as a strategy by the government to try to hold the soil in place. ©Malin Fezehai

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