Akiaki

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Akiaki
Akiaki Island - Map.jpg
Map of Akiaki Atoll
Akiaki is located in French Polynesia
Akiaki
Akiaki
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 18°33′S 139°13′W / 18.550°S 139.217°W / -18.550; -139.217Coordinates: 18°33′S 139°13′W / 18.550°S 139.217°W / -18.550; -139.217
Archipelago Tuamotus
Area 1.3 km2 (0.50 sq mi)
Length 2 km (1.2 mi)
Width 0.9 km (0.56 mi)
Administration
France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Nukutavake
Demographics
Population Uninhabited[1] (2012)

Akiaki[2] is a low coral atoll in the eastern area of the Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia. Akiaki's nearest neighbor is Vahitahi, which is located 41 km to the southeast.

Akiaki is a small atoll rising barely above sea level. The total land surface is only 1.3 km². Its reef is occupied by a single flat island covered with coconut trees and other vegetation. There is no lagoon and it has only a difficult landing located on its northwestern side.

Akiaki is uninhabited, but is visited occasionally for its coconut plantations.

History[edit]

The first map of Akiaki (île des Lanciers) published in 1768 by Bougainville during his voyage on March 22, 1768. "Les 4 Facardins" refer to Vahitahi.

The first recorded European that arrived to Akiaki Atoll was Louis Antoine de Bougainville on 22 March 1768.[3] He called this atoll Ile des Lanciers. James Cook reached Akiaki the following year, during his first voyage, and named it Thrum Island.

Geology[edit]

Akiaki lies on top of a small seamount which is part of the Tuamotu Seamount Trail on the Pacific Plate. Akiaki's seamount is 3420 m high.

Administration[edit]

Administratively Akiaki Atoll belongs to the commune of Nukutavake, which includes Nukutavake, as well as the atolls of Vahitahi, Vairaatea, Pinaki and Akiaki.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Salmond, Anne (2010). Aphrodite's Island. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 93. ISBN 9780520261143.