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The Marshall Islands
"The Republic of the Marshall Islands, in Micronesia, is one of the world's 47 island nations. Let's take a brief tour of this fascinating place..."
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Do the Marshall Islands lie north of the Equator?
A DUD for the capital? Surely not! In fact, the DUD stands for Dulap-Uliga-Djarrit, which are the three main islands that make up the capital of the Marshall Islands. Which atoll are they part of? (The name of the atoll is also the official name of the capital).
Perhaps the most famous island of the Marshall Islands is Bikini Atoll. It is sometimes also called Pikinni, from the Marshallese words for surface and coconut. When it was originally discovered, in the 1820s, it was named for a Russian scientist; what was it called?
When Bikini Atoll was used for the United States nuclear testing programme, the residents were evacuated. They went first to Rongerik Island, then in 1948 they were relocated once more to a previously uninhabited atoll. Since then, they and their descendants have remained there. Which atoll was this?
The Marshallese island of Elugelab, also known as Elugelap, no longer exists. What happened to it?
It never existed at all, it was the legendary 'Home of the Gods' of the original prehistoric settlers in the Islands
It was made of guano deposits and washed away over successive typhoon seasons
The US Armed Forces blew it up during a hydrogen bomb test in 1952
It was an active volcano and blew itself to pieces, leaving it below sea level
Historically, the trade in copra has been important to the economy of the Marshall Islands. What is copra?
Dried coconut meat
A rare earth metal
Semi-precious shell similar to Mother-of-pearl
A chemical extracted from guano
The Marshall Islands are very low lying, and are at risk of disappearing beneath the waves if global sea levels rise by a small amount. What is the mean height above sea level of the islands?
The Marshall Islands have two official languages - Marshallese is one, what is the other?
Although other species now live there, what is the only indigenous land mammal of the Marshall Islands?
Marshallese pygmy loris
Giant fruit bat
Voller's tree shrew
Located 425 miles north of the capital, this atoll, less than 1.5 square miles in area, is the most northerly and most isolated of the Marshall Islands. It is also the driest with a semi-arid climate, and has different native vegetation to the other Marshall Islands; coconut palms cannot grow there as there is insufficient water. There is a large and varied population of marine life and sea birds, and hermit crabs and lizards are common.
Which island is this?
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Compiled Jun 28 12