Ravahere

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Ravahere
RavahereISS009-E-6062b.PNG
NASA picture of Ravahere Atoll
Ravahere is located in French Polynesia
Ravahere
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 18°13′S 142°09′W / 18.217°S 142.150°W / -18.217; -142.150Coordinates: 18°13′S 142°09′W / 18.217°S 142.150°W / -18.217; -142.150
Archipelago Tuamotus
Area 57.5 km2 (22.2 sq mi)  (lagoon)
7 km² (above water)
Length 20 km (12 mi)
Width 9.5 km (5.9 mi)
Country
 France
Overseas collectivity  French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Hikueru
Demographics
Population Uninhabited[1] (as of 2012)

Ravahere is an atoll of the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. It is located 53 km northwest of Nengonengo Atoll and it is separated by a 2 km sound from Marokau Atoll, its closest neighbor to the north.

Marokau and Ravahere form a minor subgroup of the Tuamotus known as the Two Groups Islands.

Ravahere Atoll is roughly boomerang-shaped. It measures 20 km in length with a maximum width of 9.5 km. The shallow lagoon has a surface area of 57.5 km², but there is no pass to enter it.

Ravahere is permanently uninhabited.

History[edit]

The first recorded European who sighted the two neighboring atolls of Marokau and Ravahere was Louis Antoine de Bougainville in 1768.[2]

Administration[edit]

Ravahere belongs to the commune of Hikueru, which consists of the atolls of Hikueru, Marokau, Ravahere, Reitoru and Tekokota.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Robson, John (2005). "A short biography of Louis-Antoine de Bougainville". Retrieved 2008-03-03. 

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