Video from Space Shows the US Army Creating an Island In the Atlantic

By Jesus Diaz on at

The US Army has been creating an island since 1998 in the Atlantic Ocean—on the Eastern Seaboard. Slowly, the US Army Corps of Engineers built concrete dikes to establish its perimeter and then have spent more than decade filling them with mud.

Its name? Poplar island.

Fortunately, no weird stuff is going on there (that we know of, anyway). Poplar Island, which is rising in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, is 30 miles south of Baltimore Harbor, where all the mud is coming from.

Right now, the island is a wildlife sanctuary, home of 170 species of birds "including terns and bald eagles" as well as hundreds of diamondback terrapins.

The images for this time-lapse were taking by a Landsat satellite, which is managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. [US Army and Flickr]

Video from Space Shows US Army Creating an Island In the Atlantic