Vanavana

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Vanavana
Vanavana.jpeg
NASA picture of Vanavana Atoll
Vanavana is located in French Polynesia
Vanavana
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 20°47′S 139°10′W / 20.783°S 139.167°W / -20.783; -139.167Coordinates: 20°47′S 139°10′W / 20.783°S 139.167°W / -20.783; -139.167
Archipelago Tuamotus
Area 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi)  (lagoon)
5 km² (above water)
Length 3.5 km (2.17 mi)
Width 2.2 km (1.37 mi)
Country
France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Tureia
Demographics
Population Uninhabited[1] (as of 2012)

Vanavana, Kurataki, or Huataki is an atoll in the southeastern area of the Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia. Vanavana's nearest neighbour is Tureia, which is located 58 km to the east.

Vanavana is a small oval-shaped atoll. It measures approximately 3.5 km in length, has a maximum width of 2.2 km and a land area of approximately 5 km2. Its reef encloses completely the deep lagoon, which is 6 km2. There is one hook-shaped large island in the north and another in the south of its reef.

Vanavana Atoll is uninhabited; however, buildings on the northern end of the island are present.

History[edit]

The first recorded European to arrive to Vanavana was British mariner Captain Frederick Beechey in 1826. He named this atoll "Barrow Island", after Sir John Barrow.

Administration[edit]

Administratively Vanavana Atoll belongs to the commune of Tureia, which includes the atolls of Tureia, Fangataufa, Moruroa, Tematangi and Vanavana.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 

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