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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.
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.
New Zealand health officials have despatched medical aid to the Tokelau islands, a tiny isolated cluster of atolls in the South Pacific, to try to stem a growing flu outbreak.
The reserve--which includes eight coral atolls, two unsurveyed submerged reef systems, seamounts and tuna spawning grounds--is located in a sparsely populated region with abundant marine and bird life.
It is believed that the low-lying South Pacific country, consisting of nine atolls with a total area of 26 square kilometers, could be endangered if global warming progresses and causes sea levels to rise.
Tokelau consists of three atolls, islands of coral that encircle a lagoon partially or completely, located about 483 km north of Western Samoa.
One of the largest atolls in the world, it is so big that the city of Los Angeles could nearly fit within its lagoon.
Radioactive fallout from one of those tests--the March 1, 1954 Bravo shot at Bikini--drifted in the wrong direction and irradiated the 236 inhabitants of Rongelap and Utrok Atolls as well as the crew of a Japanese fishing vessel.
Dozens of sun-drenched atolls and reefs jut out of Hawaii's northwestern waters, creating an archipelago some 1,400 miles long.
PC Paul Nolan and his bride Sharon were snorkelling off the Maldives - a group of tropical atolls in the Indian Ocean - when they got into difficulties.
My real obsession is landscapes, like Ayers Rock, the red mountain in Australia, the atolls in Polynesia, enormous dunes that form and dissolve in the deserts, Icebergs.
A: Numerous atolls and archipelagoes remain in the hands of a few powerful countries.