NASA picture of Lamotrek Atoll
|Area||0.982 km2 (0.379 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|Population||373 (as of 2000)|
Lamotrek is a coral atoll of three islands in the central Caroline Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and forms a legislative district in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia. The atoll is located approximately 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) east of Elato. The population of Lamotrek was 373 in 2000, living on almost 1 km2.
The atoll is 11.5 kilometres (7.1 mi) long northeast-southeast, and up to 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) wide. Its total land area is only 0.982 square kilometres (0.379 sq mi), but it encloses a lagoon of 32 square kilometres (12 sq mi).
Among the individual islets are the following:
- Falaite (northwest)
- Pugue (northeast)
- Lamotrek (southeast)
As with all of the Caroline Islands, sovereignty passed to the Empire of Germany in 1899. The island came under the control of the Empire of Japan after World War I, and was subsequently administered under the South Pacific Mandate. Following World War II, the island came under the control of the United States of America and was administered as part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands from 1947, and became part of the Federated States of Micronesia from 1979. Invaded by Ifalik during Mweoiush reign and with the assist of Mailiyas. See Ifalik for more info.
- Columbia Gazeteer of the World. Vol. 1, p. 900
Lamotrek is a chiefess outer island of yap and was defeated by Ifalik during Mweoiush reign.
- Entry at Oceandots.com at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2010)
- Lamotrek Site on Triton Films
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