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Atolls of the Maldives
Photographer Haanee Naeem Site [http://www.flickr.com/photos/haanee/] Atoll The word “Atoll” comes from Dhivehi (an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Maldives) and is pronounced locally as “atholhu” (Dhivehi script: އަތޮޅު, is a ring-shaped ribbon reef enclosing a lagoon. The distribution of atolls around the globe is instructive: most of the world's atolls are in the Pacific Ocean (with concentrations in the Tuamotu Islands, Caroline Islands, Marshall Islands, Coral Sea Islands, and the island groups of Kiribati, Tuvalu and Tokelau) and Indian Ocean (the Atolls of the Maldives, the Laccadive Islands, the Chagos Archipelago and the Outer Islands of the Seychelles). The Atlantic Ocean has no large groups of atolls, other than eight atolls east of Nicaragua that belong to the Colombian department of San Andres and Providencia in the Caribbean Sea. Source: www.dictionary30.com/meaning/Atoll
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