Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Nukuoro atoll

 Thanks to their privileged observation point, the astronauts of the International Space Station can admire the most remote places on our planet.

One of these is Nukuoro Atoll, photographed here in 2006. This islet is located in the Pacific Ocean and is part of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Nukuoro is a circular lagoon with a diameter of 6 km, but with a usable area of ​​just 1.7 km2. It may seem incredible to you, but about 370 people live in the green areas, mostly concentrated in the lower right region. The inhabitants are mainly involved in fishing, breeding and cultivation of taro and copra.

Emigration is a very important phenomenon for the atoll. Many inhabitants in recent years have in fact moved to other islands of Micronesia or to the USA for work or study reasons, since there are no high schools on Nukuoro.

Looking at the image you will notice that the atoll does not have an air runway. In fact, the only way to reach it is by boat, but even this service is irregular and docks in Nukuoro once every few months.

Credit: NASA.

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