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Funafuti

Extreme High Tides, 2005

Tuvalu is best known internationally because it is gravely threatened by sea level rise and other adverse weather events caused by global warming. The extreme high tides, which occur annually in January and February, are amplified by the mostly creeping, insidious effects of global warming. Local environmental damage caused by over-population adds to the increasing risks faced by Tuvaluans living on densely populated Funafuti. Lomi took these two pictures with a borrowed camera in early February, 2005, during extreme high tides accompanied by locally bad weather. The highest point of land on Funafuti is 3.7 metres above mean high tide, and the highest recorded tide occurred on Tuesday afternoon, February 28, 2006, at 3.46 metres. Luckily, the weather then was very calm.
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