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Reao
Reao
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NASA picture of Reao Atoll
Reao is located in French Polynesia
Reao
Reao
Geography
LocationPacific Ocean
Coordinates18°28?11?S 136°26?33?W / 18.46972°S 136.44250°W / -18.46972; -136.44250
ArchipelagoTuamotus
Area34 km2 (13 sq mi)  (lagoon)
9 km2 (3 sq mi) (above water)
Length24.5 km (15.22 mi)
Width5 km (3.1 mi)
Administration
France
Overseas collectivityFrench Polynesia
Administrative subdivisionTuamotus
CommuneReao
Demographics
Population351[1] (2017)
Reao
Flag of Reao
Flag
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Location of Reao
Coordinates: 18°28?11?S 136°26?33?W / 18.4697°S 136.4426°W / -18.4697; -136.4426Coordinates: 18°28?11?S 136°26?33?W / 18.4697°S 136.4426°W / -18.4697; -136.4426
CountryFrance
Overseas collectivityFrench Polynesia
SubdivisionÎles Tuamotu-Gambier
Area
1
18 km2 (7 sq mi)
Population
(2017[1])
587
 o Density33/km2 (84/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-10:00
INSEE/Postal code
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Reao or Nat?pe is an atoll in the eastern expanses of the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia. The closest land is Pukarua Atoll, located 48 km to the WNW.

Reao is 24.5 km long and its maximum width is 5 km. The whole length of its north-eastern rim is occupied by a single long island. There is no navigable pass into the lagoon.

Reao Atoll's population is 351 inhabitants (2017).[1]

History

The first recorded European to sight Reao Atoll was French explorer Louis Isidore Duperrey in 1823. He named this atoll "Clermont Tonnerre".[2]

Reao was visited by the United States Exploring Expedition led by Charles Wilkes on August 13, 1839. They became the first white men to set foot on the island, but were met by a hostile group of 17 natives.[3]

Reao Airport was inaugurated in 1979.

Flora and fauna

The lagoon of the atoll is particularly important in that it hosts large colonies of Porites mordax and Acropora formosa corals, as well as over 400 Tridacna maxima clams.[4]

Administration

The commune of Reao consists of Reao, as well as the atoll of Pukarua.[5] Its total population is 587 (2017).[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Répartition de la population en Polynésie française en 2017, Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française
  2. ^ Sample Chapter(s) for Historical%2 Archived 2011-05-22 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Stanton, William (1975). The Great United States Exploring Expedition. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 116. ISBN 0520025571.
  4. ^ Dahl, prepared by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas ; in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme ; based on the work of Arthur Lyon (1986). Review of the protected areas system in Oceania (Sept. 1986. ed.). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. p. 208. ISBN 9782880325091.
  5. ^ Décret n°72-407 du 17 mai 1972 portant création de communes dans le territoire de la Polynésie française, Légifrance

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