09 May '11, 4pm

Here's something you don't see every day: 657 new islands have been discovered

Here's something you don't see every day: 657 new islands have been discovered

The 54-island chain extends 355 miles (571 kilometers) along the fringe of a mangrove forest south of the mouth of the Amazon River. Past surveys didn't recognize it as a barrier island coast partly because older, low-resolution satellite images didn't show a clear separation between the islands and mangrove, Stutz says, but also because the chain didn't match the wave-tide criteria used to classify barrier islands in the United States, where most studies have been conducted.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/sto...

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