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Will Rogers once quipped, "Buy land. They ain't making more of the stuff." While we may not be making any more land, we are moving it around pretty creatively. Artificial islands abound—some are pretty low-tech, while others are wired digital utopia. Here are some of the most beautiful, bizarre, and creative artificial islands that human ingenuity has put together. Thilafushi
The Maldives, a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean, is mostly a picturesque archipelago of sandy beaches and blue waves.
Thilafushi is the exact opposite. It's the world's largest island made primarily of garbage. Just a shallows in 1992, it's now home to all the trash from Malé and the numerous tourist resorts in the Maldives—growing about one square meter per day.
Like most of the Maldives, Thilafushi is only 1 meter over sea level. Rising sea levels means that this massive pile of waste could soon be under water.
150 Bangladeshi workers live there, sorting through the waste.
Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport opened in July 1998 on the artificial island of Chek Lap Kok.
The southern gateway to Mainland China took six years and $20 billion to build, increasing the land area of Hong Kong by 1 percent.
As the third busiest airport in the world, the transportation hub carried more than 53 million passengers in 2011.
Kamfers Dam in South Africa is one of only six places in the world where Lesser Flamingos breed.
The S-shaped island was constructed in 2006 as a refuge for the birds, which are attracted to the wetland's high concentration of blue-green algae.
Today the bird sanctuary is threatened by deteriorating water quality and flooding.
Kaze no ToThe Kaze no To (Tower of Wind) often puzzles those who spot it from Odaiba or Umihotaru. It's a ventilation shaft for the Aqua line, a bit west of Umihotaru.