Takapoto

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Takapoto
Takapoto.jpg
NASA picture of Takapoto Atoll
Takapoto is located in French Polynesia
Takapoto
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 14°37′39″S 145°12′18″W / 14.62750°S 145.20500°W / -14.62750; -145.20500Coordinates: 14°37′39″S 145°12′18″W / 14.62750°S 145.20500°W / -14.62750; -145.20500
Archipelago Tuamotus
Area 85 km2 (33 sq mi)  (lagoon)
15 km² (above water)
Length 20 km (12 mi)
Width 6.7 km (4.16 mi)
Country
France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Takaroa
Largest settlement Fakatopatere
Demographics
Population 380[1] (as of 2012)

Takapoto, Tua-poto or Oura, is an atoll in the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia. It has a length of 20 km and a width of 6.7 km.

The nearest land is Takaroa Atoll, located 10 km to the Northeast.

Takapoto's lagoon has a high salinity and a strong phytoplankton biomass.

Geographically Takapoto is part of the King George Islands (Iles du Roi Georges) subgroup, which includes: Ahe, Manihi, Takapoto, Takaroa and Tikei.

Takapoto Atoll has 380 inhabitants. Fakatopatere, the main village on Takapoto, is located at the southern end of the atoll.

History[edit]

The first recorded European to sight Takapoto Atoll was Jacob Le Maire in 1616.[2]

Takapoto Atoll was visited by the Charles Wilkes expedition in September 1839.

Takapoto Airport was inaugurated in 1973.

Administration[edit]

The commune of Takaroa-Takapoto consists of the atolls of Takaroa and Takapoto, and Tikei Island.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Sample Chapter(s) for Historical%2

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