Saemangeum estuary was one of the largest tidal estuaries on the Yellow Sea coast, and an important stopover for migratory birds. The South Korean government constructed a 33-kilometre-long seawall around the estuary in preparation for draining and filling the area to create more land for farming and settlement. One consequence will be loss of habitat for thousands of migrating birds that alight to rest and feed on their journey between hemispheres. Click through the satellite photographs to see the gradual exposure of tidal flats as the project progressed.
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