Beveridge Reef

Beveridge Reef is a submerged atoll, only a ring of coral in the open ocean. It has a wide pass, which we entered at 16:00 o’clock. We crossed the lagoon and are now anchored on the turquoise shelf with no land in sight–just surrounded by a ring of breaking waves. There are no other atolls around, the nearest land is the raised atoll Niue 149 nm away. As fascinating as this place is, it’s still a solemn reminder that if global warming continues at this pace, the sea will soon claim the palm-fringed atolls of the Pacific with their bird colonies and friendly Polynesian population and turn them into landless reef rings like this one.

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