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Wonders of Baker Island

Group of soldierfish, Baker Island
Group of soldierfish, Baker Island / Jim Maragos, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, / CC BY 2.0

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This uninhabited atoll is a possession of the United States. This island is only 1.64 km² large and is low lying – the highest point is only 8 m above the sea level. There are no trees – just grass and low-growing shrubs.

Whole island is protected territory – this remote piece of dry land is used by numerous sea birds and turtles for nesting and once was used for guano mining. Now people are coming here rarely. Here are remains of a failed settlement with a graveyard from the 1930s, an overgrown runway, and a small day beacon.

It is interesting to note that one marine mollusk – Engina tuberculosa – was collected here once in 1862 and it seems that it is not found anywhere else.

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