What Happens to a Coral Reef When an Island is Built on Top?

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Land reclamation, Hong Kong, South China Sea. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care

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Seven such coral reefs are being turned into islands, with harbors and landing strips, by the Chinese military, and it is destroying a rich ecological network…

“This is devastating,” said McManus, who is director of the National Center for Coral Reef Research at the University of Miami. It’s the worst thing that has happened to coral reefs in our lifetime.”

Read Full Article, the Washington Post

Great Wall Of Sand: Chinese Mischief at Mischief Reef, The New York times (04-12-2015)
In recent years, China has laid claim to the South China Sea with increasing fierceness, challenging the counterclaims of neighboring states and confronting their fishing boats on the open water. But new satellite photos have provided the most dramatic evidence yet of just how aggressively China is acting to establish a sphere of influence in the South China Sea…

US Navy: Beijing creating a ‘great wall of sand’ in South China Sea, Guardian UK
China is “creating a great wall of sand” through land reclamation in the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions, the commander of the US Pacific fleet said…

China’s island Factory, BBC News(09-09-2014)
New islands are being made in the disputed South China Sea by the might of the Chinese state. But a group of marooned Filipinos on a rusting wreck is trying to stand in the way…

“Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks”: A UNEP Report (GEA-March 2014)

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Mutlti-Awards Winner Filmmaker Denis Delestrac
Sand is the second most consumed natural resource, after water. The construction-building industry is by far the largest consumer of this finite resource. Land reclamation, shoreline developments and road embankments are using massive amounts of sand as well.