NASA picture of Anuanuraro Atoll
|Area||2.2 km2 (0.85 sq mi)|
|Length||5.3 km (3.29 mi)|
|Width||3.2 km (1.99 mi)|
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
|Commune||Hao (French Polynesia)|
|Population||Uninhabited (as of 2007)|
Anuanuraro is an atoll in French Polynesia, Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Duke of Gloucester Islands, a subgroup of the Tuamotu group. Anuanuraro's nearest neighbor is Anuanurunga, which is located about 29 km to the southeast.
Anuanuraro is a small atoll. It measures 5.3 km in length, with a maximum width of 3.2 km and a total area of 2.2 km2. Its shape is roughly square and its lagoon is totally enclosed by the fringing reef.
Anuanuraro Atoll is uninhabited.
First sighting recorded by Europeans was by the Spanish expedition of Pedro Fernández de Quirós on 4 February 1606. With the other three atolls of the Duke of Gloucester Islands they were named Cuatro Coronas (Four Crowns in Spanish).
Formerly Ananuararo Atoll belonged to Robert Wan, the wealthy Tahitian pearl trader. It was bought back by the government of French Polynesia in March 2002.
This atoll has an airfield which was built by Wan's company, Wan-Polynésie. It was opened in 1982 but is now in disuse.
Administratively the four atolls of the Duke of Gloucester Islands, including the uninhabited ones of Anuanuraro, Anuanuruga and Nukutepipi, belong to the commune of Hereheretue, which is associated to the Hao commune.
- Burney, James A chronological history of the discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean London, 1803, vII, p.326.
- Les Atolls des Tuamotu from Jacques Bonvallot, Institut de recherche pour le développement, éditions de l'IRD, 1994, ISBN 9782709911757, p.275-282.
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