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Wonders of Palmyra Atoll

Strawn Island in Palmyra Atoll
Strawn Island in Palmyra Atoll / Laura M. Beauregard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

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This atoll is an unorganized incorporated territory of the United States. Above the sea level here rise some 50 islands, most of them connected and covered with dense vegetation, including Pisonia trees that are up to 30 m high.

The islands contain one of the largest remaining stands of Pisonia beach forest in the Pacific. Palmyra Atoll is an important breeding site for several species of birds, such as the rare Bristle-thighed Curlews (Numenius tahitensis). Six species of terrestrial crabs are bossing in the islands.

Especially beautiful and rich is life under the water. Here have been found 175 species of coral. The lagoon is infested with aggressive sharks.

The island has served as a military base in the middle of the 20th century, but the protection of its unique natural values started already at the beginning of the 20th century. Now it is a National Wildlife Refuge.

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Legendary wonders

The Curse of Palmyra

The Palmyra island has got its own legends and some consider this to be a cursed place. Weird events reportedly have taken place here since the day of the discovery of this island in 1798. Here reportedly is buried also a cargo with Inca gold. On the island was murdered a married couple in 1974.

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