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Diego Garcia, a staging post on an Indian Ocean atoll crucial for operations in the Persian Gulf, may be submerged too.
Since 1982, Congress has appropriated a total of $110 million to relocate the Bikinians to other Pacific islands and to eventually resettle them in Bikini when radiation subsided on the atoll, which is part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
More than meets the eye The Maldives is a chain of atolls southwest of Sri Lanka that for centuries served as a stopping point for Arab seafarers and today is considered a tourist’s paradise.
Kiribati is a remote, impoverished nation of 33 atolls that is home to about 108,000 people.
Out-There Escapes Stop at some of Tahiti's most famous atolls and bop around the Marquesas aboard the M.S. Paul Gauguin.
There is no unifying theme or subject — no meditation on autism or field study from an atoll in the South Pacific with a high incidence of colorblindness — but the passage of time is much on Sacks’ mind.
What is the name of the atoll, located halfway between North America and Asia, where the impact of global synthetic waste was seen on Monday's show?
One of the islands on Mr. Zinke’s list is Palmyra, an atoll that lies 1,000 miles south of Hawaii and is part of the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument.
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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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