NASA picture of Tekokota Atoll
|Area||5.1 km2 (2.0 sq mi) (lagoon)
0.9 km2 (0.3 sq mi) (above water)
|Length||5 km (3.1 mi)|
|Width||3.5 km (2.17 mi)|
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
Tekokota Atoll is one of the smallest atolls of the Tuamotus. Its islands have a total land mass of only 0.9 square kilometres (0.3 square miles).
Tekokota's shape is roughly oval and it is 5 kilometres (3 miles) in length and 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) in width. The western side of Tekokota Atoll is submerged. The surface of its shallow central lagoon is 5.1 square kilometres (2.0 square miles).
Tekokota was first sighted by James Cook in 1773. He named Tekokota Atoll "Doubtful".
Months later Spanish explorer José de Andía called this atoll, "La del Peligro" (The Dangerous One). A few days later, another Spanish navigator Domingo de Boenechea sighted Tekokota on ship Aguila. He named this atoll "Los Mártires".
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