Archipel des Tuamotu Island Ocean Life

Tuamotu Archipelago are a chain of atolls in French Polynesia and the largest chain of atolls in the world, spanning an area of the South Pacific the size of Western Europe. Total land mass covers a total area of only about 350 sq miles. The most important source of income in the Tuamotus is from the cultivation of black pearls and the preparation of coconut meat known as copra.

Water sources such as lakes or rivers are absent, leaving the only source of fresh water as catchments of rain water, annual rain fall is about 50 inches. Although coconut palms are abundant the soil is mainly coral deposit and most vegetation won’t grow, make food source very little at best! The underwater fauna however, is diverse. The beautiful and species-rich reefs make the Tuamotus one of the most scenic scuba-diving destinations on the planet.

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~ by crr1962 on July 10, 2010.

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