NASA picture of Hereheretue Atoll
|Area||27 km2 (10 sq mi)
4 km² (above water)
|Length||9 km (5.6 mi)|
|Width||7 km (4.3 mi)|
|Population||58 (as of 2007)|
Hereheretue is an atoll in French Polynesia, Pacific Ocean. It is the northernmost island of the Duke of Gloucester Islands group, or Îles du Duc de Gloucester, a subgroup of the Tuamotu group. Hereheretue's nearest neighbour is Anuanuraro, which is located about 150 km away. It lies 450 km southwest of Hao and 488 km southeast of Tahiti.
Hereheretue Atoll has a roughly trapezoidal shape. Its lagoon is quite deep and has an area of 23 km². The broad reef completely encloses the lagoon, so that there is no navigable passage to enter it.
First sighting recorded by Europeans was by the Spanish expedition of Pedro Fernández de Quirós on 4 February 1606. With the other three atolls of the Duke of Gloucester Islands they were named Cuatro Coronas (Four Crowns in Spanish).
There is a meteorological station on Hereheretue.
- Burney, James A chronological history of the discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean London, 1803, vII, p.326.
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