Two Groups Islands

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Coordinates: 18°08′S 142°15′W / 18.133°S 142.250°W / -18.133; -142.250

Two Groups is located in Pacific Ocean
Two Groups
Two Groups
Location of the Two Groups Islands in the Pacific Ocean
NASA picture of the Two Groups Islands.

The Two Groups Islands (French: Îles Deux Groupes) is a minor subgroup of the Tuamotus in French Polynesia. It is formed by the atolls of Marokau to the north (populated by 100 people)[1] and the uninhabited Ravahere to the south.[2] The two atolls are separated by a 2 km (1 mi) wide sound.[3]

History[edit]

These two neighboring atolls were discovered by Louis Antoine de Bougainville in 1768.[4] It was James Cook, however, who named them "Two Groups" the following year. He described Marokau and Revahere as a "chain of islands linked by reefs".[5]

Administration[edit]

Administratively the Two Groups Islands belong to the commune of Hikueru, which consists of the atolls of Hikueru, Marokau, Ravahere, Reitoru and Tekokota.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oceandots - Ravahere at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2010)
  2. ^ Oceandots - Marokau at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2010)
  3. ^ Geonames - Îles Deux Groupes
  4. ^ Photo satellite des Îles Deux Groupes (Archipel des Tuamotu)
  5. ^ Charles Pierre Claret de Fleurieu et al. Discoveries of the French in 1768 and 1769, to the south-east of New Guinea, J. Stockdale, 1791

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