Makatea


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Makatea

(mäkätā`ä), formerly

Aurora

(ôrôr`ə), island, South Pacific, one of the most northwesterly of the Tuamotu ArchipelagoTuamotu Archipelago
or Low Archipelago,
coral island group (2002 pop. 14,876), South Pacific, part of French Polynesia. They comprise c.80 atolls in a 1,300-mi (2,092-km) chain, with a total land area of c.330 sq mi (850 sq km).
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, French PolynesiaFrench Polynesia,
officially Overseas Lands of French Polynesia, internally self-governing dependency (2002 pop. 245,516) of France, consisting of 118 islands in the South Pacific. The capital is Papeete, on Tahiti.
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. The center of the island was once a solid mass of phosphate that was mined jointly by the British and the French until 1966, when the phosphate reserves were depleted. Makatea is administered as part of the Windward group of the Society IslandsSociety Islands,
island group (2002 pop. 214,445), South Pacific, a part of French Polynesia. The group comprises the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands (total land area c.650 sq mi/1,680 sq km), two clusters of volcanic and coral islands lying in a 450-mi (724-km) chain.
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 and is no longer inhabited.
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Tom Williams arrived safely in Tobago last week after nearly three weeks alone at sea crossing the ocean in his nine-metre boat - the Makatea.
It is one of three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean--the others are Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati and Makatea in French Polynesia.
Usually within a day of death a corpse was wrapped in cloth, then disposed of either in a shallow pit, within a marae, or in a cave or chasm in the makatea (Hiroa 1934: 190).
However, the inner edge of the coralline makatea drains into the sampled basins, and ancient carbon could also have entered Lake Tiriara, the basin of the crucial TIR and VT core series, through sea water.
It is argued those species survived in the makatea during 1500 years of human habitation elsewhere on the island until that resource zone -- difficult of human access -- was exploited (Kirch et al.
The limestone rim, called makatea by the Polynesians, has been weathered through solution to an escarpment along much of its interior margin.
Indeed, there is no good geological or hydrological reason to suspect carbonate enrichment, because the Mangaian streams flow over weathered basaltic terrain, and do not come into contact with the carbonate makatea until after they have passed through the depositional basins which were the focus of our cores.