Morane (French Polynesia)
NASA picture of Morane Atoll.
|Area||11 km2 (4.2 sq mi) (lagoon)
2 km² (above water)
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
Morane is an uninhabited small isolated atoll of the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. It is located 153 km southwest of Maria Est, its closest neighbour. Morane Atoll is the southernmost atoll of the Tuamotus proper. It measures 5.8 km in length, 3.5 km in width and has a land area of 2km2. The lagoon has an area of 11km2 and has no passes. The islands on its reef are covered with screwpine (Pandanus) and coconut trees.
Administratively Morane Atoll belongs to the commune of the Gambier Islands.
By 2003, Morane Atoll holds one of the largest extant populations (approx. 50 individuals) of the critically endangered Polynesian Ground-dove. It also has one of the highest concentrations of the Tuamotu Sandpiper (Prosobonia cancellata), with approximately 150 to 200 individuals of the species.
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