Looking at the growth of artificial Islands in Google Earth

There are quite a lot of artificial islands being built around the world. For example, last year we had a look at the islands that China is building in the Spratleys. Today we are looking at artificial islands in the Persian Gulf, where shallow seas and oil wealth create perfect conditions. In a later post we will have a look at artificial islands in other parts of the world.

We tried gif animations but the gif format has limited colours so we decided to create jpg animations with JavaScript. If they do not show correctly in your browser, please let us know in the comments.

We start with Bahrain, a small island nation that clearly feels the need to expand:

Amwaj Islands and Diyar Al Muharraq, Bahrain.

Durrat Al Bahrain, Bahrain.

Sitra, Bahrain.

Reef Island, Bahrain.

Next is the UAE, which is sprouting islands all along its coast:

The Palm Jebel Ali, Dubai.

Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.

The World, Dubai.

Then we have Qatar whose capital Doha is spreading into the ocean:

The Pearl, Qatar.

Lusail, Qatar.

To find the above locations in Google Earth download this KML file.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. Very interesting. Good job! Greetings from Romania!



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