The idyll is deceptive. Here the extent of erosion on Fuvahmulah becomes visible. The waves normally have enough energy to transport sand from the reef towards and around the island. Because the harbour blocks sand (or sediment), it is no longer available on the beach. However, the waves are not stopped for the most part, so they continue to run unchecked onto the reef and grab the sand from the shore. Picture credits: Gabriel David/TU Braunschweig

This image is part of: The Future of the Urban Coastline. Please note the copyright of this image.