China islands South China sea: Self-built artificial land, via satellite images (VIDEO).

Incredible Satellite Views of the New Islands China Decided to Build for Itself (Video)

Incredible Satellite Views of the New Islands China Decided to Build for Itself (Video)

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April 12 2015 8:59 AM

Just Add Islands

China’s incredible effort to build new islands in the South China Sea.

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Sucking sand off the bottom of the ocean floor and depositing it onto small reefs and shoals, China has been steadily creating new islands in the disputed South China Sea. Satellite images show the progress.

Update, Nov. 28, 2016: This video has been removed pending the resolution of a licensing claim.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.