Landmarks of Clipperton Island

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Clipperton Island. One of the rare groups of cocos palms is seen, lagoon is seen in the background
Clipperton Island. One of the rare groups of cocos palms is seen, lagoon is seen in the background / Shannon Rankin, NOAA, / public domain

Most interesting landmarks of Clipperton Island

This remote, small atoll does not offer much interesting to its rare visitors.

One interesting detail is the Clipperton Rock in the south-east of the island, which rises 29 m tall above the uninhabited, low lying island.

Atoll is enclosed, with freshwater lagoon in the middle. No fish lives in this lagoon. In the southern part of lagoon is located a "crater" – Trou-Sans-Fond. This "bottomless" (a bit more than 35 m deep) pit contains acidic water at its base, which is dangerous to divers. In the lagoon live millions of freshwater isopods which can bite swimmers.

On the island and in the surrounding seas live several endemic species of animals, such as skink Emoia arundeli, centipede Cryptops navigans, the valuable collectors fish – Clipperton Angelfish (Holacanthus limbaughi) and others.

Described landmarks of Clipperton Island

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Wonders of Clipperton Island: 10.304000, -109.217000

Recommended books

Clipperton: A History of the Island the World Forgot

Clipperton: The Island of Lost Toys and Other Treasures


This book is about pirates and their treasure, and the islands visited in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Little has been known, or written, about these early day ships, and the scoundrels that sailed them. Pirates, of course, were known throughout the world in such places as the Caribbean, Atlantic shores of America, Mediterranean Sea, Africa, and Western Pacific, and much as been written about them, including many movies, but very little about the Pacific shores of New Spain, in North and South America.

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