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“James Bond Island” to be assessed for stability after the collapse of similar rock formations



James Bond Island / Photo by Engin Akyurt for Unsplash

The iconic limestone karst tower and popular tourist site known as “James Bond Island” will be checked for stability following the collapse of similar rock formations.

The rock formation in Phang Nga Bay appeared in the 1974 James Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun.” It’s now known as James Bond Island. It has become a major tourist destination in Thailand and is a stop on many tours.

Experts from Thailand’s Department of Mineral Resources will assess the karst tower for stability over the next couple months. Apparently, this is the first detailed assessment of structural viability of James Bond Island.

In October, a large chuck of a Krabi karst broke off and collapsed on top of coral reef at a popular dive site. Another rock formation in Mu Koh Phetra National Park in Satun province collapsed in February.

The department’s director general Montri Lueng-ingkasoot says rock formations in the South have eroded over the years by thunderstorms, making them vulnerable to breaking apart and collapsing.



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  1. Ray

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Karst is a very porous material. After rainfall it is soaked with water which seeps down to create caves and underground rivers. I have never seen a waterfall in a karst formation. It is much more prone to erosion than other rock and frequently pieces break off. In Vietnam one is not allowed to build near karst given the dangers. Yet, some investors from the cities neglected this requirement and build home-stays too close to the hills in a popular tourist destination. Not unsurprisingly, the local police soon jumped on the opportunity and now with some extra tea money the officers can buy even bigger cars.

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