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an island consisting of a circular coral reef surrounding a lagoon

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A sea breached across the atoll, wetting him to the knees ere it subsided into the lagoon.
In the whole atoll not two stones remained one upon another.
Clinging to a rough plank that wounded and bruised her and that filled her body with splinters, she was thrown clear over the atoll and carried away to sea.
The republic, comprising 33 coral atolls, lies in the Central Pacific, and has a population of more than 100,000 - half of whom live on Tarawa atoll where the capital, South Tarawa, is situated.
This initiative will work across sectors and institutions to plan and manage the natural environment focusing on the Addu and Gnaviyani Atolls.
A Russian investor recently purchased an island in the northern Atolls for US $65 million so there is definitely a market out there.
The United States conducted nuclear tests on and around the Bikini and Enewetak Atolls, two of the 29 atolls and five islands comprising the Republic of the Marshall Islands, from 1946 to 1958.
At 15 megatons, 'Castle Bravo,' was unexpectedly the largest (1) of 67 tests of nuclear and thermonuclear devices conducted at the Bikini and Enewetak atolls in the northern Marshall Islands between 1946 and 1958.
SeeNews) - Nov 7, 2012 - The atolls of Tokelau in the South Pacific became the first territory in the world to meet almost all of its power demand with solar power via a NZD-8.
FURIOUS residents who bought into Durrat Al Bahrain's vision say their dreams of a 'seaside city resort' have been shattered after water barriers were placed around some of the arc-shaped atolls where they live.
The devastating tsunami that wreaked havoc on Japan is also responsible for the deaths of thousands of seabirds and endangered species at the wildlife sanctuary on Midway, one of the most remote coral atolls on earth and home to more than two million birds.
Other sea kayak and snorkel trips along the barrier reef and atolls are also offered.
Because of our location, we can support all manner of missile tests with varying shots like the ICBMs off" the west coast of North America, intermediate range shots from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, and shorter-range things from Wake Island and even neighboring atolls if it is necessary.
The image clearly picks out the islands with five fish-shaped petals and the six atolls, The Crescent, Hotel Island and Durrat Marina and the golf course to the north.
Archaeological data for Woleai are lacking, but the earliest known dates of occupation for Fais Island and Ngulu, Ulithi, and Lamotrek atolls among Yap Outer islands range from 1,200-1,900 BP (Intoh 1997, Rainbird 2004).