Coral island

Coral island

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Caption: Coral island. Sand island in a shallow lagoon on a coral atoll. Atolls are islands consisting of a circular coral reef surrounding a lagoon. An atoll develops when coral grows on the top of a submerged volcano. The coral reef protects delicate coral sand islands in the interior of the lagoon, which are stabilised by colonising vegetation. This is the island of Dunikolu in the Republic of Maldives in the Indian Ocean. None of the islands in the Maldives exceeds seven kilometres (km) in length, and all are less than two metres above sea level. The Republic of Maldives contains 1190 islands on 26 atolls.

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Keywords: aerial photograph, archipelago, atoll, bank, coral reef, dunikolu, environment, geography, indian ocean, island chain, islands, lagoon, land, maldives, sand, sea, tourism, tourist resort, tropical paradise

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