Hiti

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Hiti
Hiti2.jpg
NASA picture of Hiti Atoll
Hiti is located in French Polynesia
Hiti
Hiti
Geography
LocationPacific Ocean
Coordinates16°40′S 144°07′W / 16.667°S 144.117°W / -16.667; -144.117Coordinates: 16°40′S 144°07′W / 16.667°S 144.117°W / -16.667; -144.117
ArchipelagoTuamotus
Area15 km2 (5.8 sq mi)  (lagoon)
3 km2 (above water)
Length9 km (5.6 mi)
Width6 km (3.7 mi)
Administration
France
Overseas collectivityFrench Polynesia
Administrative subdivisionTuamotus
CommuneMakemo
Demographics
PopulationUninhabited[1] (2012)

Hiti, or Hiti-rau-mea,[2] is a small atoll of the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. It is located 19 km southwest of Makemo Atoll.

Hiti Atoll is oval in shape. It measures 9 km in length with a maximum width of 6 km. There are some narrow islands on the northern side of its reef with a total land area of about 3 km2. The southern part of the reef is broader but has no islands. Hiti's lagoon is not connected to the ocean by a pass.

The small group formed by Hiti, Tepoto Sud and Tuanake is also known as the "Raevski Atolls". The Tuamotu reed warbler and the Polynesian ground dove are found in this area.

Hiti Atoll is permanently uninhabited.

History[edit]

The first recorded European to arrive to Hiti Atoll was Russian oceanic explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen in 1820.

Administration[edit]

Hiti belongs to the commune of Makemo, which consists of the atolls of Makemo, Haraiki, Marutea Nord, Katiu, Tuanake, Hiti, Tepoto Sud, Raroia, Takume, Taenga and Nihiru.

Another NASA picture of Hiti Atoll

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 2 October 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.

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