Indian Ocean

God or Geology? The Genesis of Ram’s Bridge
Article - Short

Secular and religious Indians are butting heads over the origin of an important shoal.

Reef Avengers
Features

Indonesia’s reefs have been poisoned or blasted to smithereens by the very people who depend on them the most. Now islanders are working to...

Cuttlefish Brawl
Comic

Bif! Blam! Whack! Boom! When giant Australian cuttlefish convene to mate, males usually rely on visual displays to intimidate one another—but...

Saving a Coral Reef, One Transplant at a Time
Article - Short

First developed in the 1970s, coral reef transplants are finally proving effective.

New Research Assuages Some Worries About Mosquito Net Fishing
Article - Short

Fishing with mosquito nets is widespread, but potentially less destructive than thought. 

Swimming with Tuna
Features

A controversial plan for a tourist attraction sparks questions about South Australia’s celebrated tuna ranching industry.

A Burning Problem For Mangroves
Features

In Madagascar’s Bay of Assassins, villagers balance mangrove use and conservation. How much longer can they do it?

When Living on an Island Kills
Article - Short

Ecotourism threatens the cute and cuddly quokkas isolated on an island in the Indian Ocean.

Making Money Out of Mud
Photo Essay

In the degraded environment of Pakistan’s Indus Delta region, where locals who depend on fishing struggle to sustain themselves, crab fattening...

Protests and Prison Time: the Fight Over Malé’s “Friendship Bridge”
Article - Short

The public closure of a beloved surfing site has sparked unease in the Maldivian capital. 

The Ultra Mega Powerless Take On the Ultra Mega Power Plants
Features

In India’s Gulf of Kutch, a migratory community of fishers tries to maintain access to the coastline that sustains them.

The Big (Coastal) Squeeze
Photo Essay

Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta shoreline is at risk of getting squeezed out.

Message in a Boulder
Features

Long before texts or email, sailors sent messages using rocks. Yes, rocks.

Guardians of the Groves
Article - Short

India’s first mangrove protection agency is facing off against slumlords, polluters, and even its own government.

Peekaboo Islands
Article - Short

From tides to tectonics, puzzling events have pushed these five islands under water—only for them to rise again.

Coast Today, Toast Tomorrow
Article - Short

Slumping shorelines, roving rivers, and exploding islands—five coastlines that I’m sure were here yesterday.

The 12 Days of Christmas … Island
Features

For the holiday season we bring you a gift—the history of an extraordinary place.

Mangrove Forests Are Being Starved of Mud
Article - Short

Dams are leaving mangroves dangerously short on dirt. 

Sleepless? Venomous Cone Snails to the Rescue
Article - Short

Venom from a scarcely studied Indian cone snail has sleep inducing properties. 

The Ocean’s Laboratory
Article - Short

Where the Red and Arabian Seas meet the Indian Ocean, coral reef fish interbreed at the world’s hybrid hotspot.

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