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Kiritimati

(kərĭs`məs), largest atoll in the Pacific (1990 pop. 2,537), 222 sq mi (575 sq km), in the Line IslandsLine Islands
or Equatorial Islands,
coral group, 43 sq mi (111 sq km), central and S Pacific. Once valuable for their guano deposits, the islands now have coconut groves, airfields, and meteorological stations.
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, one of the island groups that compose the Republic of KiribatiKiribati
, officially Republic of Kiribati (2005 est. pop. 103,000), 342 sq mi (886 sq km), consisting of 33 islands scattered across 2,400 mi (3,860 km) of the Pacific Ocean near the equator.
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. It was previously called Christmas Island when it made up part of the former British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands. The island's chief agricultural product is copra. The airstrip there is used an emergency runway for trans-Pacific commercial flights. The atoll was explored by Capt. James CookCook, James,
1728–79, English explorer and navigator. The son of a Yorkshire agricultural laborer, he had little formal education. After an apprenticeship to a firm of shipowners at Whitby, he joined (1755) the royal navy and surveyed the St.
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 in 1777, annexed by Great Britain in 1888, and included in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony in 1919. British nuclear tests were conducted on the atoll in 1957 and 1958 and U.S. tests in 1962.

Kiritimati

an island in the central Pacific, in Kiribati: one of the Line Islands; the largest atoll in the world. Pop.: 3225 (1995)
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The project will support the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a fully functional new diesel power station, an overhead 11 kV high voltage (HV) network and a 200kWp grid-connected PV system for Kiritimati Island, Kiribati.
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In PLoS ONE in June, Sandin's team described the effects of predator scarcity on prey populations swimming in Kiritimati waters: Most prey species studied grew bigger and lived longer, while remaining big predators were smaller than on untouched Palmyra.
In 1956, Mr Brook was posted to Christmas Island, now known as Kiritimati.
com to see which place on the globe will celebrate the New Year first (I believe it will be Kiritimati, Christmas Islands in the Indian Ocean), and I will follow the clock down to Tokyo, Beijing and Jakarta, and so on.
THE map illustrating the location of Christmas Island shows Christmas Island, the Australian island in the Indian Ocean, not Christmas Island or Kiritimati, in the Pacific, where the British tested our first H-bomb in 1957 (Page 31, May 12).
A few years ago, a trip from Tarawa to Kiritimati (Christmas Island) entailed flights through Fiji to Honolulu and a tourist chartered plane for the final leg--very expensive for government officials trying to carry out their work.
1979: Christmas Island is renamed Kiritimati and becomes an independent part of the republic of Kiribati.
Similar structures were later found in enclosed lagoons near Adelaide in Southern Australia and Kiritimati (Christmas Island) in the middle of the Pacific and on the big island of Hawaii.
The National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) said it has been granted permission to use the runway and land on Kiritimati Island, formerly known as Christmas Island, located 2,500 kilometers south of Hawaii, until 2020.
Competitors were immediately suspicious, since it put several of their islands in line for the first sunrise, notably Kiritimati Island (Christmas Island) and Caroline Island -- which was renamed Millennium Island in 1997 in honour of its position.
Only Kiritimati Tall (CIT), Hawaii Tall (HIT), and Vanuatu Red Dwarf (VRD) possessed unique fixed RAPD markers.