Island threatened by climate change 9: Sarichef Island, Alaska

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Global sea levels are rising and the world’s land ice is disappearing. Sea levels have risen 6 to 8 inches in the past 100 years, and Antarctica has been losing more than 100 cubic kilometers of ice per year since 2002, according to NASA satellite data.

By the year 2100, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that sea levels will rise as much as 20 inches.

While rising sea levels ultimately influence the entire planet, they pose the greatest threat to the islands currently residing at sea level.

Here are some of the islands — many of them small nations — likely to face this crisis first.

Sarichef Island is a long and narrow coastal island on the Chukchi Sea-facing coast of Alaska.

It is located at the mouth of the Shishmaref Inlet, Kotzebue-Kobuk Low.

It is located hundred miles east of Russia, which can be seen on clear days. The highest point on the island is the 6-meter cemetery in Shishmaref.

The island is rapidly disappearing due to the sea level rise associated with global warming.

Sarichef Island is 7 km (4.3 mi) in length. The highest point on the island is 6 m (19.7 ft) above sea level.

Shishmaref town and Shishmaref Airport are located on this island.

This island was named in 1816 by explorer Lt. Otto von Kotzebue, of the Imperial Russian Navy, “in the honor of his worthy” Vice Admiral Gavril Sarychev (1763–1831).

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