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Baa Atoll in brief

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, January 05, 2014 at 10:59:49 :: Maldives

Baa Atoll, MaldivesBaa Atoll consists of three separate natural atolls: Maalhosmadulu Atoll (which is 42 km long and 32 km wide and consists of 9 inhabited islands), Fasdūtherē Atoll and the smaller natural atoll known as Goifulhafehendhu Atoll.

Baa is situated in the western Maldives atoll chain. It consists of 75 islands with a population of over 11,000 people. 13 islands are inhabited. 8 islands have been developed as resorts.

Baa Atoll is a classic example of the ring-shaped reef forms known as faru in the Maldivian language (Dhivehi). This reef structure is unique to the Maldives.

The Fisheries Ministry of the Maldives forbids anyone from capturing turtles or taking eggs from 12 islands in Baa Atoll. (There’s a need for more such restrictions.)

Hanifaru Bay, known locally as Vandhumaafaru Adi, is one of the few places in the world where whale sharks congregate to mate.

Baa Atoll was designated as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in June 2011, placing it in the same company as the Galapagos Islands. Some 350,000 tourists visit the biosphere reserve annually.

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Maldives, the flattest country in the world

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 30, 2007 at 06:33:21 :: Maldives

("Maldives, the sunny side of life", is the official slogan of the Maldives Tourism Promotion Board)

The Republic of Maldives is a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean about 417 mi (671 km) southwest of Sri Lanka. Its 1,190 coral islets stretch over an area of 35,200 sq mi (90,000 sq km).

Hulhumalé (Dhivehi: ހުޅުމާލެ) reclaimed island located in Kaafu Atoll (މާލެ އަތޮޅު - including Kaashidhoo Island, Gaafaru, and Malé Atoll), Maldives

The Maldives (formerly called the Maldive Islands) were first settled in the 5th century B.C. by Buddhist seafarers from India and Sri Lanka. According to tradition, Islam was adopted in A.D. 1153. Originally the islands were under the suzerainty of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). They came under British protection in 1887 and were a dependency of then-colony Ceylon until 1948. An independence agreement with Britain was signed July 26, 1965. For centuries a sultanate, the islands adopted a republican form of government in 1952, but the sultanate was restored in 1954. In 1968, however, as the result of a referendum, a republic was again established in the recently independent country. Ibrahim Nasir, the authoritarian president since 1968, was removed from office and replaced by the more progressive Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in 1978. Gayoom was elected to a sixth five-year term in 2003.

Parliament voted in June 2005 to shift to a multiparty democracy. In an August 2007 referendum, voters supported President Gayoom's plan for a presidential system of government, similar to that of the United States. The opposition, which supports a parliamentary system, claimed the vote was rigged, and three members of Gayoom's cabinet resigned.

Ari Atoll

Maldives holds the record for being the flattest country in the world, with a maximum natural ground level of only 2.3 m (7½ ft), though in areas where construction exists this has been increased to several metres. Over the last century, sea levels have risen about twenty centimeters (8 in). The ocean is likely to continue rising and this threatens the existence of Maldives.

A tsunami in the Indian Ocean caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake caused parts of Maldives to be covered by sea water and left many people homeless. After the disaster, cartographers are planning to redraw the maps of the islands due to alterations by the tsunami. The people and government are worried that Maldives could be wiped from the map eventually.

With concerns over global warming and the shrinking of the polar ice caps, the Maldives is directly threatened, as none of its islands rises more than six feet above sea level.

Visit Maldives now on Landolia, before it's too late!
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