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The coral reefs of the Maldives Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ...of the northern part of Tiladummati show this process of growth admirably, and there we can readily trace the development of a large single island...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ...of the northern part of Tiladummati show this process of growth admirably, and there we can readily trace the development of a large single island from two smaller islands placed at each extremity of the atolI. We need only look at the charts and follow the gradual junction of the two islands of Hanimadu now connected by a low narrow sand spit, or those of Filadu or of Baura and Kelai or Noliwang Faro, and pass to such an island as Kuludu Faro, which occupies fully one half of the faro flat, to Komangdu and finally to Nuriwari, each occupying a gradually greater part of the reef flat rim till the island occupies the whole, and appears as a circular or elliptical island steep to, surrounded by an insignificant fringing reef flat! Miladummadulu. Plates 1, 2, 8; 8 a, figs. 4, 5, 7; 84, fig. 2; 85-44; 79, fig. 8. The southern part of Karema, the southernmost island on the south face of Miladummadulu, is wasting away; many of the trees and bushes are well out on the small reef flat of the southern end of the island.1 Karema, like most of the islands on the outer faces of Miladummadulu, is steep to; it is bordered by coral sand beaches. On Wataru (PI. 34, fig. 2; 35, fig. 1), to the northeast of Karema, a large island occupies the southern rim of the faro. The vegetation of the island is poor; most of it is dead or dying, the sand and shingle of the high steep beaches having been blown far in between the trees through the outer belt of bushes. The southwest monsoon must strike the south face of Miladummadulu with considerable force; the tops of many of the cocoanut-trees are blown off, leaving nothing but the trunks. The lagoon of Wataru is circular and occupies the northern part of the faro; it is surrounded by comparatively wide rims and has a greatest depth of...
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