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|Ra'iroa gets its name "huge sky" from its great length. It is the largest atoll of Tahiti and her Islands and one of the four largest in the world, with more than 240 motu (islets) separated by more than 100 hoa, small channels that make up its ring of coral and in the center of the inside lagoon is the Paio motu.||01/28/2006||489|
|The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef. The reef is located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia. It stretches over 2000 kilometres in length and can be seen from space.||07/25/2005||1,590|
|Probably the dive resort with the best coral reefs in the world. There are over 650km of coral reefs in the area.||08/12/2005||517|
|A bright strip of sand surrounds a pale blue lagoon and the remnants of a volcanic peak on Oeno Island. Sitting approximately 280 kilometers northwest of Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific, Oeno is a prime example of a tropical island in the middle stages of its development. Like Pitcairn, Oeno started out as a rocky volcanic peak. Over time, coral colonized the submerged edge of the island, ...||08/02/2006||714|
|If you asked almost anyone to describe a tropical island, they would likely mention palm trees and flat, white sandy beaches that stretch for kilometers: they would describe a coral atoll. Coral atolls are normally long, thin bars of white sand that rise just a few meters above sea level. The island or island group surrounds a hollow center where a volcanic peak once was. The atoll shown in thi...||08/01/2006||505|
|The small island of Blanquilla is named for its white sand beaches, visible as a bright border along the northeastern–eastern shoreline. Located approximately 292 kilometers (182 miles) northeast of Caracas, this Caribbean island is a popular destination for divers and tourists arriving by boat or airplane (the airstrip is visible at image bottom). |
The plants and animals of Isl...
|Off the southeast tip of Papua New Guinea lies a string of small volcanic islands and coral reefs collectively called the Louisiade Archipelago.||11/01/2005||495|
|Bird Island |
Bird Island, perched on the edge of the Seychelles continental shelf is the most northerly island of the Seychelles Archipelago and is situated 60 miles from the main island of Mahé.
A 30 minute flight from Mahé by light aircraf...
|Placencia, Belize, is a sixteen miles long semi-island with a natural sandy beach, coral-studded cayes, a mangrove-fringed lagoon, nearby jungle rivers, and pristine rainforest. In the Background is the 2nd largest barrier reef.||07/31/2005||807|
|The 8.9 Richter scale earthquake that triggered the Asian tsunami on 26 December 2004 had a lasting effect on this location, part of India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands chain.|
The formerly submerged coral reefs that ring North Sentinel Island are now exposed to the surface, as the entire North Andamans group has experienced tectonic uplift. Circumstances were ...
|USS Parche (SSN-683), a Sturgeon-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the parche (pronounced with two equal syllables: /ˌpɑrˈtʃeɪ/), a small, coral reef butterfly fish.|
The sail of the Parche was moved in summer 2006 next to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in preparation for a maritime park in downtown Bremerton.
|A composite of aerial photographs found of Lady Elliot Island. (A small coral island found of the coast of south-east Queensland, the southern-most island of the great barrier reef)||08/12/2008||740|