The Maldives archipelago is one of the most remote, beautiful and fragile places on earth. The third most endangered country from rising sea levels and the lowest in the world, these tiny islands are home to 400 000 people and in constant threat of submergence. Many of the islands have already been abandoned and entire towns are currently under governmental and charity-led programmes to relocate to neighbouring “safe” lands.  The map plates preserve six of these endangered islands as relics of how they stood upon my visit last year. From on-site mappings, the island outlines are hand-etched into copper sheets and then exposed to a series of acid erosion processes in reflection of the destructive ocean forces. The process takes several days to complete, simulating in scale the slow yet persistent degradation of land. The resulting three-dimensional topographical models thus preserve a frozen moment of these endangered places caught in transition. The embossings pressed from the plates are almost invisible - ghosts - as the islands will themselves too soon be.  1. Kandholhudhoo, Raa Atoll 5.4638° N, 73.0347° E. Abandoned 2004  2. Dhuvaafaru, Raa Atoll 5.6183° N, 72.8556° E. Abandoned 2060  3. Berinmadhoo, Haa Alif Atoll 7.0475° N, 72.9719° E. Abandoned 2007  4. Hoarafushi, Haa Alif Atoll, 6.9826° N, 72.8951° E. Abandoned 2049  5. Gemendhoo, Dhaalu Atoll, 5.2756° N, 73.0197° E. Abandoned 2004  6. Kudahuvadhoo, Dhaalu Atoll, 2.6707° N, 72.8914° E. Abandoned 2055
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