While most Pacific island countries have used their natural borders to combat COVID infections, they have faced economic hardship given their reliance on international tourism, a sector that abruptly shut as the pandemic struck. China's growing reach in the region is unsettling for the United States and its allies, who have been the dominant powers in the Pacific since World War II. Despite being small, Pacific states boast strategic ports and air strips and control vast swathes of resource-rich ocean. They also represent a vote in some international forums.
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Nan Madol is an archaeological site adjacent to the eastern shore of the island of Pohnpei , now part of the Madolenihmw district of Pohnpei state in the Federated States of Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. Nan Madol was the capital of the Saudeleur Dynasty until about The name Nan Madol means "within the intervals" and is a reference to the canals that crisscross the ruins. Nan Madol was the ceremonial and political seat of the Saudeleur Dynasty, which united Pohnpei's estimated population of 25, people until about
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It confirms that atolls are built from sediment off modern coral reefs — and the health of the reefs is vital to keep the process going. Sediment build-up appeared to have caused the merging of what had been two separate islands, and a spit at the western end of the island was continuing to extend, adding to the land area above sea level, the study found. The sediment deposits were from more recent material, generally after University of Auckland senior lecturer Dr Murray Ford, a coastal geomorphologist who worked on the study, said the research showed that the atolls essentially depended on the health of the coral reef they were built on.
Across the globe, sea level rise is threatening island communities. But in the Pacific Ocean, some atolls—ring-shaped islands sitting on coral reefs—are actually expanding over time, posing a perplexing paradox: How can drowning islands also be growing? In a new study published last month in the journal Advancing Earth and Space Science , a team of scientists studied Jeh Island, an atoll in the Marshall Islands, a Pacific nation located between Hawaii and the Philippines.