Satellite image of a coral reef & Bora Bora island

Satellite image of a coral reef & Bora Bora island

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Caption: Island reef. True-colour satellite image of the coral reef enclosing a lagoon around the island of Bora Bora in the Society Islands of the Pacific. The coral reefs are formed from the skeletons of microscopic creatures called polyps. The reef disrupts ocean currents and allows sand to settle; in some places the sand has broken the surface of the sea and been colonised by plants. One of these low, flat islands (at right) has been taken up by Bora Bora's airport. The main island in the centre of the lagoon is volcanic in origin; the island's peak is 747 metres high. Image taken by the French SPOT satellite.

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Keywords: bora bora, coral, coral reef, environment, from space, geography, island, lagoon, pacific island, pacific islands, reef, society, society islands, volcano

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