Ahe

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Ahe
Ahe Atoll - ISS007-E-16671.JPG
NASA picture of Ahe Atoll
Ahe is located in French Polynesia
Ahe
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 14°29′S 146°19′W / 14.483°S 146.317°W / -14.483; -146.317Coordinates: 14°29′S 146°19′W / 14.483°S 146.317°W / -14.483; -146.317
Archipelago Tuamotus
Area 138 km2 (53 sq mi)  (lagoon)
12 km² (above water)
Length 23.5 km (14.6 mi)
Width 12.2 km (7.58 mi)
Highest elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Highest point (unnamed)
Country
 France
Overseas collectivity  French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Manihi
Largest city Tenukupara (pop. 100)
Demographics
Population 552[1] (as of 2012)
Location of Ahe Atoll

Ahe, Ahemaru or Omaru,[2] is an almost entirely-enclosed coral atoll, located in the northern Tuamotu Archipelago, just 14 km to the west of Manihi, in French Polynesia.

Ahe Atoll's ring shape is broken by only a single small passage into the lagoon. Length 23.5 km, width 12.2 km. It has a land area of approximately 12 km2 and a lagoon area of 138 km2.

As of 2012, Ahe Atoll had 553 inhabitants. The only village in Ahe is Tenukupara with approximately 100 inhabitants. It is located on an island in the south side of the Atoll.[3]

Geographically Ahe Atoll is part of the King George Islands (Iles du Roi Georges) subgroup, which includes Ahe, Manihi, Takapoto, Takaroa and Tikei.

There are several pearl farms in Ahe's lagoon.

Historical data[edit]

The first recorded Europeans to arrive to Ahe Atoll were Dutch mariners Willem Schouten and Jacob Le Maire in 1616.

Ahe was later visited by the historic United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842.[4] Charles Wilkes called the atoll "Peacock Island" after one of the ships of the expedition.[5] This atoll has sometimes suffered damages caused by cyclones.[6]

Ahe has a territorial (domestic) airport which was inaugurated in 1997.

Demographics[edit]

Population of Ahe:

1977 1983 1988 1996 2002 2007 2012
109 142 162 377 441 566 552
Sources ISPF,[7] Mairie de Ahe[8]
* : estimation

Administration[edit]

Ahe Atoll belongs to the commune of Manihi, which consists of the atolls of Manihi and Ahe.[9]

Images & Maps[edit]

Image Source: Landsat S-06-10_2000 (1:100,000) 
Map Source: EVS Precision Map (1:100,000) 
Image Source: ISS008-E-17141 
Image source: ISS007-E-16671 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Alternative names
  3. ^ Oceandots - Ahe, Tuamotu Archipelago at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2010)
  4. ^ United States Exploring Expedition
  5. ^ - Charles Wilkes
  6. ^ Damage by the sea at Ahe in a cyclone
  7. ^ ISPF, Démographie
  8. ^ Mairie de Ahe,
  9. ^ Tahiti Tourisme (French)

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