ESA shared some images of the so-called “Island Love,” a heart-shaped patch of ground known as Moorea, located in French Polynesia region. But, according to the European Space Agency, the island is also a symbol of climate change and its impact on the planet Earth.
“Moorea is part of a chain of islands formed by hot-spot volcanism. That means that volcanoes are created by ‘fixed’ hot areas in Earth’s mantle,” ESA officials said in a statement that arrived with images of the “Island Love” taken by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite. ESA added that new volcanoes form in the region as the Earth’s crust movement is pushing the specific tectonic plate of that area away from the hotspot.
“These kinds of islands are constantly changing, eroding and sinking back into the ocean over millions of years. However, changes are taking place at a much faster rate because of the marks human activity leaves on the natural landscape and because of climate change,” ESA explained.
“Island Love,” Moorea, Becomes The Symbol Of Climate Change, According To ESA
The vast red area in the images that ESA released is, in reality, representing the vegetation, the European Space Agency willing to reveal that the so-called “Island Love” is home for a luxuriant ecosystem. However, since humans populate the region, the island and its ecosystem are in danger due to agriculture practices, fishing, and reckless pesticide use. Also, climate change is affecting Moorea and the coral reefs that surround it.
Coral reefs around the world are in danger due to ocean plastic waste and climate change via the ocean warming this phenomenon is triggering. Coral bleaching, caused by extreme water temperatures, is the most significant threat to corals.
The European Space Agency, with these images taken by its Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite, wants to remind us that our planet is sensitive and that we should take care of it much better than we do it right now. Copernicus Sentinel-2 is part of a network of space probes dedicated to observing climate change and the impact it has on ecosystems around the Earth.
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