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  • n  an island consisting of a circular coral reef surrounding a lagoon

  • To most news readers Ulithi means no more than Ailinglapalap, another Pacific atoll.
  • This coral atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean is a key base in the war on terrorism and, not surprisingly, rarely visited by civilians.
  • Welcome to Diego Garcia 6,720 acres of restricted military base on a low-lying, depopulated atoll 1,000 miles from the nearest continent.
News & Articles

  • Scientists make new Papahanaumokuakea discoveries
    HONOLULU (AP) Scientists made new discoveries while recently diving to deep coral reefs in the remote atolls of northwest Hawaii. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument says a research expedition returned last week with specimens of previously unknown deep-water algae.
    June 21, 2013 - KPUA AM 670 Hilo
  • Scientists make new discoveries at Papahanaumokuakea monument, Johnston Atoll
    HONOLULU — Scientists made new discoveries while recently diving to deep coral reefs in the remote atolls of northwest Hawaii. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument says a research expedition returned last week with specimens of previously unknown deep-water algae.
    June 20, 2013 - Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
  • Surf exhibit to highlight base history
    During World War II, Marines developed sonar-equipped surfboards to map Pacific atoll reefs to aid in the invasion of Japanese-held islands. Photographs and letters from Camp Pendleton troops who designed the surfboards and trained for the landings will be part of the exhibit.
    June 19, 2013 - U-T San Diego
Quotes

  • James Connaughton in AFP
    The waters around Rose Atoll also are home to giant clams, reef sharks, and very large parrot fish, and are a frequent location where you can find humpback and pilot whales and porpoises,Connaughton said.
  • Chris Klug in Aspen Times
    The airport there is unbelievable - it's like you land in the ocean,Klug said. "It sits on this little atoll, and the runway looks like it emerges out of the ocean. Boats pull up right to the airport, and take you to your spot."
  • Ma Ying-jeou in eTaiwan News
    Ma said that "the French designer who invited the two piece swimsuit said he used the name of Bikini atoll because the swimsuit would cause an explosion as big as a thermonuclear bomb."

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