http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8584665.stm Scientists in India have revealed that there is one fewer territorial dispute in the world. Research carried out by the School of Oceanographic Studies in Calcutta shows that an island in the Bay of Bengal has vanished beneath rising seas. The uninhabited island has been claimed for years by both India and Bangladesh. The tiny territory, just south of the Hariabhanga river, was known as New Moore Island to the Indians, South Talpatti Island to the Bangladeshis. Beneath the waves Recent satellites images reveal that the whole island is now under water. Loss of land is an annual reality for many Bangladeshis There has never been a permanent settlement on the island, which even in its heyday was never more than two metres (about six feet) above sea level. In the past though, the territorial dispute led to visits by Indian naval vessels and the temporary deployment of a contingent from the country's Border Security Force. Anyone wishing to visit now, observed Professor Sugata Hazra of the School of Oceanographic Studies Jadavpur University, will have to think of travelling by submarine. Professor Hazra said his studies revealed that sea levels in this part of the Bay of Bengal have risen much faster over the last decade than they had done in the previous 15 years. And he predicts that in the coming decade other islands in the Sundarbans delta region will follow New Moore, or South Talpatti, beneath the waves.