New Island Appears Of German Coast: North Sea Landmass Is Paradise For Sea Birds

By Staff Reporter on January 11, 2013 5:51 PM EST

Seabirds
Seabirds are resting on an island. (Photo: Creative Commons)

It took more than 200 million years before the prehistoric supercontinent Pengaea slowly fragmented and transformed into the present day geography that we understand today.

Now, a new island has appeared just 16 miles off the coast of Germany after forming in a rather rapid 10 years' time.

The landmass was discovered by nature lovers and yachtsmen off the coast of the German state of Schlesig Hostein.

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According to the Daily Mail, the 34 acre island, or roughly the size of 25 football pitches, is composed of sandbanks that have gradually formed over time from the rough waters of the North Sea.

Now, the island has already evolved to become the home of more than 50 different plant species as wind has blown seeds from across Europe onto its land. What's more, the island has become an unspoiled shelter for a variety of sea birds as well. Named after the flocks of avian creatures that call the new geographical formation home, the new island is called Bird Island.

According to Detlef Hansen of the Wadden Sea National Park, "The fact that in just a few years a new island is formed is very impressive. For conservationists this is anything but ordinary."

On the new island, Germany's newspaper Bild teased, "Who needs an artificial island off the coast of Dubai?"

However, despite the surprising discovery, National Park Management of Wattenmeer biologist Martin Stock is concerned about the island's ability to remain intact for a long period of time. "A strong storm flood could wipe the island out overnight. The plants do not have the roots necessary yet to bind the dunes together."

Adventurous tourists have already made it onto the shore of the new Bird Island but were under strict instructions to keep a distance from the wildlife that live there.

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