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Line Islands

Line 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. Of the 11 islands in the group, 8 comprise part of the Republic of Kiribati: Teraina, Tabuaeran, Kiritimati (formerly Washington, Fanning, and Christmas Islands), Malden, Starbuck, Caroline, Vostok, and Flint. Kingman Reef, Palmyra, and Jarvis Island are dependencies of the United States. The islands were uninhabited when discovered by American sailors in 1798, although a few show evidence of ancient Polynesian culture. The British government once conducted hydrogen bomb tests on Malden.
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In addition to being the first record of the family Hermatobatidae for the Marshall Islands, this series also nicely bridges the gap between the Line Island and Mariana Archipelago populations, indicating that H.
Figure 8 from Kiritimati in the Line Islands, however, is an exception in lacking the narrow dark stripes ventrally on the body and in having numerous white spots (as well as bright yellow pectoral fins).
Although the Line Islands are about 2,000 miles east of the Gilbert Islands, most inhabitants of the Line Islands are also Gilbertese.
In the central Pacific, they include the Line Islands, which extend nearly 2,000 miles and include Johnston Atoll; Howard, Baker and Jarvis Islands; Kingman Reef; Wake Island and Rose Atoll.
They don't know where they are but experts at the Collins World Atlas reckon it's the Line Islands.
The 16-day "Exploring the Polynesian Paradises of the Pacific" departs September 4 and visits the Hawaiian Islands, the remote Line Islands, and the scenic Society Islands.
The nearest other reefs are Midway Atoll (about 460 nautical miles, nm, north), Oahu, Hawaii (about 717 nm northeast), and Palmyra Atoll, Line Islands (about 780 nm south by southeast).
"We're leaving San Francisco for Sydney, will sail down the coast to San Diego and Baja, then catch the currents and trade winds that take us across toward the Equator, toward the Line Islands," said Rothschild.
"Ocean acidification from climate change can also eat away at the coral reefs, making it harder for them to recover," says Stanford oceanographer Rob Dunbar, who has done research in the Line Islands.
Based on Bush's environmental track record, there's reason to hope he will take his wife's advice and protect 900,000 square miles around the Mariana Islands and around a series of U.S.-controlled territories extending from the Rose Atoll in American Samoa to the Line Islands.