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In any coral atoll, the turquoise fading to deep blue of the water contrasts markedly with the rich greens and whites of the island beaches and vegetation. Land and water. Perception is deceiving in their separation though, particularly on these small slips of land over coral reefs.

The interplay between the marine kingdom and ground overhead has always been a source of fascination when visiting these eye catching ringlets in the sea. While exploring the islands and freediving the reefs of the Chagos Archipelago, I conceived this short piece to discern the environmental dynamics that hold these small oceanic jewels above the waves – and how vulnerable the process is to our interference. Even in this most remote haven for wildlife far from civilization in the middle of the Indian Ocean, our actions have profound consequences.

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