Fangatau

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Fangatau
Fangatau.jpg
NASA picture of Fangatau Atoll
Fangatau is located in French Polynesia
Fangatau
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 15°49′12″S 140°53′14″W / 15.82000°S 140.88722°W / -15.82000; -140.88722
Archipelago Tuamotu archipelago
Area 22.2 km2 (8.6 sq mi)
6 km² (above water)
Length 8 km (5 mi)
Width 3.5 km (2.17 mi)
Country
France
Commune Fangatau
Largest city Teana
Demographics
Population 121 (as of 2007)
Fangatau
FangatauISS014-E-15945.PNG
Location of Fangatau in the Tuamotu Archipelago
Location of Fangatau in the Tuamotu Archipelago
Coordinates: 15°49′12″S 140°53′14″W / 15.8199°S 140.8871°W / -15.8199; -140.8871Coordinates: 15°49′12″S 140°53′14″W / 15.8199°S 140.8871°W / -15.8199; -140.8871
Country France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Area
 • Land 14.25 km2 (5.50 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Population1 252
 • Population1 density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 98717
1 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Fangatau, or Nakai-erua, is a small atoll in the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia. The nearest land is Fakahina Atoll, located 72 km to the ESE.

This small atoll has an elongated shape. Its length is 8 km, maximum width 3.5 km. It has a total area of 22.2 km2[1] (land area 6 km2). Its reef encloses its lagoon completely. Anchorage is difficult.

Fangatau Atoll has 121 inhabitants. Teana is the main village.

History[edit]

The first recorded European to arrive to Fangatau was Russian oceanic explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen on the 10 July 1820 on ships Vostok and Mirni. He named this atoll "Arakcheev".

There is a territorial (domestic) airfield in Fangatau which was inaugurated in 1978.

Administration[edit]

The commune of Fangatau consists of Fangatau Atoll, as well as the atoll and associated commune of Fakahina.

Atoll Main
village
Population
2007
Above<br/water
(km²)
Lagoon
(km²)
Coordinates
Fangatau Teana 121 6 11 15°49′S 140°52′W / 15.817°S 140.867°W / -15.817; -140.867
Fakahina1 Tarione 131 8 20 15°59′S 140°08′W / 15.983°S 140.133°W / -15.983; -140.133
Commune of Fangatau Teana 252 14,25 31

1 Commune associée

Transport[edit]

The atoll is served by the Fangatau Airport (IATA: FGUICAO: NTGB).

References[edit]

  1. ^ ICES Journal of Marine Science

External links[edit]

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