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Survey underway as experts attempt to save James Bond island from erosion

Maya Taylor



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Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is working with other environmental departments to determine how best to save a popular tourist attraction. Khao Ta Pu, commonly known as James Bond island, in the southern province of Phang Nga, is at risk of collapse, due to seawater erosion. The ministry is working with counterparts in the Department of Mineral Resources and the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, in efforts to save the islet.

The natural marine park landmark, a chunk of 20-metre high limestone, got its nickname after featuring in the James Bond movie, “The Man with the Golden Gun”, in 1974. It is part of Ao Phang Nga National Park. The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Varawut Silpa-archa, says efforts are underway to determine the extent of seawater erosion.

“The ministry is working with the Department of Mineral Resources and the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation to survey the islet and surrounding areas to find ways to prevent erosion that might cause it to collapse. We are adapting the techniques used in surveying damage of limestone at Mu Koh Angthong National Marine Park in Surat Thani province and at the Pun Yod Rock Castle in Satun province.”

Varawut is hopeful the islet’s foundation can be strengthened without impacting its natural beauty.

“A 3D scanner, marine seismic scanner, and echo sounder have been deployed to gather necessary information. Preliminary estimation suggests that we can reinforce the islet’s foundation without jeopardising the scenery. Furthermore, we are establishing a monitoring programme with cooperation from local communities to track changes of weather and marine conditions in the area that might affect the landmark.”

Last October, a large chunk broke off Koh Mae Urai, near Phi Phi island in the southern province of Krabi. The huge piece broke off in 2 sections, estimated to weigh around 30,000 to 50,000 tonnes, and collapsed onto a coral reef popular with scuba divers.



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    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Let nature take its course. If conservation, of nature, really was in play here, then do not let an area [ever again] be over crowed with tourists, as it once was. Ask yourselves, why is the marine life starting to return and why does the monkey now swing where all the rented tour boats once took up all the space.

    If anything is destroying the earth, its us, humans and especially tourists, most [of us] has the mindset; “I am on vacation from working hard, I can do as I please and will take a break from ‘all of that’ environment gibberish”.

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    David Mann

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    I support your comments @Ted. However, too often environmentalists talk about humans as if we were aliens to planet earth. We are part of the earths “nature”. We may be a destructive part, but a part of the earth nevertheless. The fact we have the ability to think should allow us to find better ways of being less destructive to the rest of the planet. However some environmentalists seem to prefer we weren’t here at all….

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    Sierra alone

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Hey guys we’re trying to stop nature! In the name of “environmentalism.” We are heros!

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    Mister Stretch

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Unless you’re going to wrap the whole thing in chainlink fencing and prop it up with steel girders…it’s going down.

    It’s natural.

    Rather than trying to save “James Bond Island”, maybe they could save some mangrove forests or clean up an estuary.

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