NASA picture of Maria Est Atoll
|Area||7 km2 (2.7 sq mi) (lagoon)
3 km² (above water)
|Length||5.6 km (3.48 mi)|
|Width||2.9 km (1.8 mi)|
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
|Population||Uninhabited (as of 2012)|
Maria Atoll is an uninhabited small atoll of the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia. It is located in the far southeast of the archipelago, about 72 km southwest from Marutea Sud. Maria's closest neighbour is the small atoll of Matureivavao of the Acteon Group, 56 km to the northwest.
The first recorded European who arrived to Maria Est was Jacques-Antoine Moerenhout in 1829. In some maps, Maria Atoll appeared as "Moerenhout Island". In 1850, it was inhabited by about 40 indigenous people.
Administratively, Maria Est belongs to the commune of the Gambier Islands.
- "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- Young, J.L. (1899). "Names of the Paumotu Islands, with the old names so far as they are known.". Journal of the Polynesian Society 8 (4): 264–268. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
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