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 Tuamotus
Area 22.2 km2 (8.6 sq mi)  (lagoon)
6 km² (above water)
Length 8 km (5 mi)
Width 3.5 km (2.17 mi)
Country
 France
Overseas collectivity  French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Fangatau
Largest city Teana
Demographics
Population 145[1] (as of 2012)
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 14.25 km2 (5.50 sq mi)
Population (2012)1 300
 • Density 21/km2 (55/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[2] (land area 6 km2). Its reef encloses its lagoon completely. Anchorage is difficult.

Fangatau Atoll has 145 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
2012
Above
water
(km²)
Lagoon
(km²)
Coordinates
Fangatau Teana 145 6 11 15°49′S 140°52′W / 15.817°S 140.867°W / -15.817; -140.867
Fakahina1 Tarione 155 8 20 15°59′S 140°08′W / 15.983°S 140.133°W / -15.983; -140.133
Commune of Fangatau Teana 300 14.25 31

1 Commune associée

Atoll Main
village
Population
2007
Population
2012
Fangatau Teana 121 145
Fakahina Tarione 131 155
Commune of Fangatau Teana 252 300

Transport[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  2. ^ ICES Journal of Marine Science

External links[edit]