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How else to explain the Indian air force pilots flying helicopters on behalf of the Maldives from the atoll’s airstrip, or the nearby American-owned farm cultivating sea slugs for the Chinese market that is, surely, a CIA outpost?
But in November 2017, the Trump administration, through Zinke, handed control over the money to the Bikinians, who were exiled a generation ago after the United States tested nearly two dozen nuclear bombs on or near the atoll.
That ongoing review includes the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument and Rose Atoll Maine National Monument, which encompasses 13,451 square miles of ocean waters and 10 islands and atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian islands.
Tarawa is an atoll in what was then known as the Gilbert Islands, and its strategic location was of great military importance in the Pacific.
In the spring of 2008, Koerner was one of eight Louisianians who were stranded for more than a week on Palmyra, a remote Pacific atoll when the charter plane scheduled to bring them home blew an engine in Honolulu.
But in modern times, going beyond their five islands and two coral atolls in the South Pacific Ocean has often proven legally challenging.
Other funds for the court expansion include $2.1 million from $60.8 million allocated for a pier in the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands that came in under budget.
In 2015 Abdulla Yameen, the president, ordered Gaadhoo’s several hundred villagers to move to the atoll’s main island, Fonadhoo.
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Did You Know?
If you are lucky enough to sail south and west of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, you'll find the Maldives, a group of about 1,200 coral islands and sandbanks that form the Republic of Maldives. Many islands in that independent nation demonstrate the archetypal atoll, and geographers often use them to point out the characteristic features of such coral islands. Given how prevalent atolls are there, it isn't surprising that atoll comes from the name for that kind of island in Divehi, the official language of the Maldives.
ATOLL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of atoll for English Language Learners
: an island that is made of coral and shaped like a ring
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