Minamitori

Minamitori

or

Marcus Island,

coral atoll, c.740 acres (300 hectares), W Pacific Ocean, 700 mi (1,125 km) SE of Japan; part of Tokyo prefecture, Japan. Triangular in shape and rising to 204 ft (62 m), it was the site of a Japanese meteorological station prior to World War II. It was bombed by the U.S. navy during the war, after which it was administered by the United States; it was returned to Japan in 1968, but a U.S. coast guard station remained until 1993. There is no civilian population. The seabed surrounding the island contains mud that holds significant stores of rare earth minerals.
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And early this year, a Japanese team discovered a source of perhaps 16 million tons of the elements in the seabed off the coast of Japan's Minamitori Island.
signed an agreement with the International Seabed Authority on rare metal exploration in high seas about 600 kilometers off Japan's easternmost territory, Minamitori Island.
Gases such as sulfur hexafluoride and dinitrogen monoxide, which respectively have 20,000 and 300 times more global warming effects than CO2, will be monitored at the meteorological observatory in Minamitori Island, Japan's easternmost island, and the atmospheric environment observatory in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, according to agency officials.
While the National Institute for Environmental Studies has been taking samples and analyzing them four times a year on Hateruma Island in Okinawa Prefecture, the agency plans to start monitoring levels once a week at the observatories in Minamitori Island and Iwate from fiscal 2011 starting April.
A 10 cm (4 inch) tsunami lapped the small island of Minamitori 1,950 km (1,212 miles) south of Tokyo, NHK public TV reported.
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF, or MSDF) describes the nation's defense dilemma in vivid terms: if Wakkanai, the northernmost city of Japan, is Copenhagen, then the Ishigaki, Okinotori, and Minamitori islands are the equivalents of Casablanca, Tripoli, and Alexandria, respectively.
Meanwhile, the season's 14th typhoon was spawned some 290 km east-northeast of Minamitori Island, about 2,000 km southwest of Tokyo, at around 3 a.m.