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Pastoral pockets of land, possibly mountaintops or perhaps an archipelago of floating atolls, beckon like islands of greenspace.
The memo did not mention the largest marine reserve: Papahānaumokuākea, a string of mostly uninhabited atolls and reefs that have been largely undisturbed since World War II.
Recently named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the atoll is 35 minutes by seaplane from Male.
But the country’s granite islands and coral atolls sit within an exclusive economic zone of 1.4m sq km.
Up to that point, SpaceX had witnessed its skinny, single-engine Falcon 1 rocket lift off from an atoll in the center of the Pacific Ocean only to fail to reach orbit on three separate occasions.
The Silverwoods and their four children, ranging in age from 5 to 16, were sailing in the dark west of Tahiti when their 55-foot catamaran ran up on a coral atoll and began breaking apart.
Officials still scrambled to figure out a way to restore the city's access to water in the low-lying city that now resembled more of an ocean atoll with buildings, trees and signs poking above the water line.
Aldabra is uninhabited, so the tortoises don't have to worry about people messing up their strange little atoll.
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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.
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