A new island has emerged off the coast of Kund Malir, a coastal town in Balochistan.

The geologically active Makran coastal region is home to many such islands or ‘mud volcanoes’ including the Chandragup, a 100 meter (330 feet) high mud volcano.

This new island has emerged in the Chadam area, situated at a distance of about 41 kms from Karachi between Ormara and Kund Malir.

Senior Conservation Officer at WWF-Pakistan’s Marine department, Shoaib Abdul Razzaq talking to Mashable Pakistan explained that the area witnesses a lot of plate tectonic activity. “There are a lot of mud volcanoes in the Makran coastal region,” he said, mentioning the island that had emerged off the western coast of Gwadar in the Arabian Sea in 2013 only to disappear after a few months.

Most of these new ‘islands’ do, in fact, get submerged again or disappear altogether.

“They usually can’t exist for long,” said Razzak. Strong sea wave action from the Arabian Sea often erodes them,” he said.

From : pk.mashable.com

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