Artificial Islands of the World
Man Made Islands
There are several islands in the world that have been created by man. The reasons for doing so have been varied and some have had questionable results. With land disappearing into the oceans and seas, building cities that float could be a very big reality in the future.
There have been many trail blazers that have attempted to construct artificial islands. The results have not always been as expected. Problems that have been haunting and inherent include sands eroding, sinking, navigational channels that fill up with silt, deterioration issues and financial woes.
The World is sinking into the ocean. Not the world that we live in, but the exclusive and private islands off the coast of Dubai where only the rich can reside, or not! While owning your own private island might be a dream come true it's a suicidal nightmare for others.
The Palms & The World Islands
The Sky is Falling or The World is Sinking?
The growth of the artificial islands situated off the coast of Dubai have been brought to a screeching halt after problems due to the wind and ocean reclaiming the sand that comprises the islands. Engineers didn't count on that.
This man made disaster has caused the owner of the company, who was reported to have paid $24 million for "Ireland", John O'Dolan, to commit suicide amid the crumbling luxury resort islands.
The man who bought Britain for a cool $43 million is serving a seven year jail sentence for bad checks. As of 2010 there has only been one house constructed on The World Islands. A quick loook at google maps can show how these island clusters are breaking apart and spreading out forming the unpredictable Islands.
I guess you just can't live in your own little world after all.
No Man's Land Fort
There are four forts that have been constructed in the Solent just off of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. There were originally five artificial islands that began construction around 1860. Ryde Fort, St. Helens, Spitbank Fort, Horse Sands and it's evil twin, No Man's Land Fort.
Ryde Fort was an initial failure and construction was abandoned due to an unstable foundation.
St. Helen's Fort was completed in 1870 and is now privately held. It was offered up for sale to any bidders in excess of £200,000 in January, 2003.
No Man's Land was put up for sale in the 1960s but wasn't purchased until the 1980s. It became the center of a legal battle when it was forced to close in 2004 due to legionella bacteria growth found in the water system.
Harmesh Pooni was protesting the ownership and sale of No Man's Land Fort. He claimed he owned the 49 gun, two tiered island. Pooni barricaded himself in and posted notices for everyone else to stay out. Eventually, he was ousted and the fort was acquired in April, 2012 by Clarenco. Owners say they have plans to restore it as a luxury hotel with its 27 bedrooms and two helipads, pool, arcade and spectacular atrium. Other sources say it's being revived for a high security level, private conference center.
Incidentally, Clarenco also currently owns Spitbank Fort, Horse Sands and No Man's Land Fort.
- About No Man's Land Fort: Clarenco
No Man's Land Fort is currently undergoing a luxury refurbishment transforming it into a one of a kind hotel set within the sea.
The Principality of Sealand
The Principality of Sealand - Official Coat of Arms
The Principality of Sealand
In the 1960s the BBC and Pirate Radio Staions were at odds. Retired British Army Major Paddy Roy Bates knew a thing or two about Maritime Law. He consorted with his lawyers and they acquired the Anti-war craft platform about 7 miles off the English Coast by using a loophole regarding abandoned property,
In 1976 the courts were tired of the media circus surrounding the platform so they allowed the retired Major to claim it as a sovereign nation. Bates took possession, declared himself a Prince and his wife, Joan, a Princess and they began to sell stamps, passports and coins.
The Bates family made a home of the platform and lived in it for many years.
Sadly, Major Bates passed away in October, 2012.
The property is now being leased by a company called Havenco. They are currently advertising their plans to roll out a "secret." They are planning to conduct a private storage facility for computer communications. Part of the law that will provide them with a safe haven for doing so, has to do with laws regarding internet privacy and the arms of the law and where they can reach.
The Principality of Sealand
Thilafushi - Garbage Island
This is perhaps the ugliest and most toxic island in the universe. Thilafushi is the dump for the gorgeous Maldive Islands. It isn't hard to find. It is smoldering just four miles off the main island of Male. Created in 1992, the island was the answer for the growing pollutants left behind by tourists and inhabitants of the islands.
Over 300 tons of garbage is transported by boats daily. It's estimated at 7 kilometers long by a width of approximately 200 meters across at the narrowest point. It grows about one square meter each day.
Rubbish including batteries, asbestos, lead and solid waste are all mixed together and leaks into the sea. In May, 2012, the BBC likened it to an apocalyptic condition.
What is in the Future?
The land mass of the world will only get smaller while the population grows there are going to be more problems. Due to global warming, sinkholes and over industrialization our world is being chipped away. We need to find more resourceful ways to occupy space.
Will floating cities that can be piece mealed together at will, be a reality in the very near future?
Some dreamers hope that it will work. Plans have been in progress to design floating cities that can be interlocked like legos. Designs have been created that will not only offer housing but include the use of plants to provide green house gases as walls, for example. These structures will be made to withstand storms and the natural elements.
An interesting point made by one desiger is that these floating dynasties would allow new and exciting forms of government for experimentation. The thought is a little bit frightening and makes me wonder about the penal system. Will we also create little floating jail cells? Hospitals and schools? Will a water world be eventual?