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Another fake island for Persian Gulf.

Following in the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar, Bahrain has decided that it wants to build yet another artificial island to hold multi-billion dollar real estate. Bahrain, an island itself, says it's ready to spend $3 billion to develop artificial islands off its northeast coast. Like the projects in Dubai (UAE) and Qatar, the islands would host mansions, hotels, shops, clubs, and promenades.

A local marine environmentalist said such large-scale reclamation projects could cause massive disturbances to the undersea environment and harm marine life that thrives there, including mackerel, grouper, shrimp, pearl oysters, dolphins, and sea horses. About a third of the country's coral reefs have already been destroyed over the past two decades by reclamation and waterfront development.

Ironically, the islands are to be built in the shape of one of the animals they may be annihilating--the sea horse.

Dredging for reclamation is expected to start this year after the Bahraini government--which studied the plans for construction and the environmental impact--recently gave the go-ahead to build.

--Associated Press, 5/11
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Publication:Earth Island Journal
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Date:Sep 22, 2005
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