NASA picture of Nihiru Atoll
79 km2 (31 sq mi) (lagoon)|
20 km2 (8 sq mi) (above water)
|Length||14 km (8.7 mi)|
|Width||10.5 km (6.52 mi)|
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
Nihiru Atoll is roughly triangular in shape. It measures 14 km in length with a maximum width of 10.5 km. Its lagoon has an area of 79 km².
Nihiru had 11 inhabitants in 2012, most of whom originated from Taenga.
The first recorded European to arrive to Nihiru was Russian oceanic explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen in 1820 on ships Vostok and Mirni. He named this atoll "Nigeri".
- "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
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