You are here:

Geology/regaridng artificial islands



I would like to know how artificial island is created, for example, Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Are there any environmental side effects due to the creation of the artificial islands

Dear Ameen, Good morning and Fraternal Greetings!

Thank you very much for your question. My answer is as follows

The Palm Jumeirah was created by pouring sand fill onto the 10.5-metre-deep seabed using dredgers. Above sea level, 3 metres of the reclamation were achieved by a dredging technique known as "rainbowing", in which the sand fill was sprayed over the surface of the rising island. Calcareous sand was used for the reclamation. The island includes a curved breakwater using natural rock, intended to encourage the creation of a natural reef and provide habitats for sea life.
Generally these artificial barriers prevent the natural tide movement.  Hence the sea water will become stagnant. Sometimes it is dangerous to the marine life as well. , but the constructed Palm Jumeirah stated that the breakwater has actually encouraged marine life and that new marine species are moving into the area.
Many reports state that the Palm was sinking and this has been confirmed now by geological surveys, at the moment it is 5 millimetres (0.20 in) per year but this could increase rapidly.

In addition to environmental impacts, these artificial constructions may change in area wildlife, coastal erosion and alongshore sediment transport, and wave patterns. the Sediments may be stirred up by construction will injure local marine fauna and reduce the amount of sunlight filtered down to seashore vegetation. Variations in alongshore sediment transport also   changes in erosion patterns along coast.

with regards

Dr. DS Subrahmanyam


All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Dr D S Subrahmanyam


All questions related to Geology, Geotechnical Engineering (especially in-situ stress, in-situ Deformability and Shear investigations) required for underground tunnels and excavations, Dimensional Stone Mining. Can't answer Soil dynamics related to Geotechnical Engineering


Geology and Geotechnical Engineering and Dimensional Stone Mining

National Institute of Rock Mechanics (Govt of India)

International Journal of Mining Engineering and some other Indian journals

Doctorate in Geology

Awards and Honors
Reviewer for 3 International Journals

©2017 All rights reserved.