NASA picture of Faraulep Atoll
|Area||0.422 km2 (0.163 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
Faraulep Atoll is a coral atoll of three islands in the central Caroline Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and forms a legislative district in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia. Its total land area is only 0.422 square kilometres (0.163 sq mi), but it encloses a deep central lagoon of 7 square kilometres (2.7 sq mi) with a single opening on the southwest side. Faraulep is located approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) southwest of Gaferut, 150 kilometres (93 mi) northeast of Woleai, and 700 kilometres (430 mi) east of Yap.
The population of Faraulep was 221 in 2000.
As with all of the Caroline Islands, they were sold by Spain to the Empire of Germany in 1899. The island came under the control of the Empire of Japan after World War I, and was subsequently administered under the South Seas Mandate. Following World War II, the island came under the control of the United States of America and was administered as part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands from 1947, and became part of the Federated States of Micronesia from 1979.
- Columbia Gazetteer of the World. Vol. 1, p. 900
- 2000 census of Yap
- Brand, Donald D. The Pacific Basin: A History of its Geographical Explorations The American Geographical Society, New York, 1967, p.141.
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