NASA picture of Aratika Atoll
|Area||145 km2 (56 sq mi) (lagoon)
8.3 km² (above water)
|Length||20.8 km (12.92 mi)|
|Width||10.7 km (6.65 mi)|
|Population||120 (as of 2012)|
|Ethnic groups||French Polynesian|
Aratika has an unusual butterfly shape. Its length is 20.8 km and its maximum width 10.7 km. It has a land area of approximately 8.3km2. The lagoon is wide and deep, and can be entered by two navigable passes.
As of 2007 Aratika had 233 inhabitants. The main village is called Paparara.
Aratika appears in some maps as "Carlshoff Island". This atoll was visited by the Charles Wilkes expedition on September 3 1839. Prior to the pearl market slump at the turn of the century, Aratika was home to about 2000 people, thereafter dropping to about 200.
Aratika has a private airfield which opened in 1998 and is owned by the Fourcade company. Much of the island's main infrastructure, including the school in 2004 and many business from Paparara village were moved there due to ease of access to and from the airstrip.
The population number is slowly declining and halves when the children go to school from the age of 11 as there is only a primary school on the island which has one class for 3-11 year olds.
Images & Maps
- Aratika-Nord Airport
- Young, J.L. (December 1899), "Names of the Paumotu Islands", Journal of the Polynesian Society 8 (4): 264–268
- Charles Wilkes Expedition (French)
- Aratika Atoll FP (EVS Islands)
- Shuttle Image ISS005-E-13941 (Astronaut Photography)
- Aratika Atoll FP (Oceandots.com) at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2010)
- Tuamotu Atolls List (Pacific Image)
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