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As the music plays, audiences are surrounded by projections of 3D imagery of coral reef from remote Pacific atolls.
Over the next decade some 250 submarines are expected to enter service in Asia—about half the total expected world-wide—as nations including Australia and Japan seek to counter China’s militarization of atolls in South China Sea.
The Brando has also built and gifted an eco-station to the Tetiaroa Society, the nonprofit organization established to lead the scientific and cultural mission to protect the atoll and to inspire sustainable interdependence.
Small atolls and seamounts northwest of the Main Hawaiian Islands are also believed to have been formed by the hot spot.
And her frock’s sunny hue suggested not the tiny island of Manhattan, but rather an atoll in the tropics—where pineapples of the real variety are aplenty.
Much of the activity is a response to Chinese efforts to militarize atolls in the contested South China Sea, as Beijing modernizes its military to project power far from its shores.
But the very first atoll, Midway Atoll, is almost 28 million years old, and there's a future island forming to the south of the Big Island.
Of particular concern is the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which has more than 1,100 low-lying islands on 29 atolls, home to numerous island nations and hundreds of thousands of people.
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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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