Coral atoll and lagoon

Coral atoll and lagoon

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Caption: Coral atoll and lagoon. Satellite image of the Pacific atoll Nikumaroro, the most southerly and westerly of the Rawaki Islands, Kiribati. North is at top. Formerly called Gardener Atoll, Nikumaroro is about 6 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide. The atoll encloses a central lagoon of shallow water (pale blue). The breach in the atoll at left is Tatiman Passage. The atoll is completely surrounded by a reef on which waves (white) are seen breaking from deeper ocean water (dark blue). As expected for the Pacific, this surf is heavier to the north, east and south. Thick vegetation (green) covers this uninhabited atoll. Image taken by the Ikonos satellite on 16 April 2001.

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Keywords: 16 04 2001, 16 april 2001, 21st century, atoll, banks, coral, earth observation, from space, gardener atoll, geographical, geography, ikonos, island, kiribati, lagoon, micronesia, micronesian, nature, nikumaroro, ocean, oceania, oceanic, pacific, rawaki islands, remote, sand bank, satellite, satellite image, sea, shallow, tatiman passage, tropical, uninhabited, water

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