Vaadhoo (Raa Atoll)

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Vaadhoo
Vaadhoo is located in Maldives
Vaadhoo
Vaadhoo
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 05°51′19″N 72°59′27″E / 5.85528°N 72.99083°E / 5.85528; 72.99083Coordinates: 05°51′19″N 72°59′27″E / 5.85528°N 72.99083°E / 5.85528; 72.99083
CountryMaldives
Administrative atollNorthern Maalhosmadulu Atoll
Distance to Malé194.46 km (120.83 mi)
Dimensions
 • Length1.450 km (0.901 mi)
 • Width0.400 km (0.249 mi)
Population
 (2014)[1]
 • Total398 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Vaadhoo (Dhivehi: ވާދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Raa Atoll, Maldives.

Geography[edit]

The island is 140.6 km (87 mi; 76 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé.[2]

Ecology[edit]

Vaadhoo island is famous for the 'sea of stars.' This marine bioluminescence is generated by phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates. Woodland Hastings of Harvard University has for the first time identified a special channel in the dinoflagellate cell membrane that responds to electrical signals—offering a potential mechanism for how the algae create their unique illumination.

Demography[edit]

Total population of island was more than 500 in 2007.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006 320—    
2014 375+17.2%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 34. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 11 August 2018.