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Kure atoll is located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands of the Pacific Ocean 28°25′N 178°20′W and is the most remote atoll in the world. 178°20′W and is the most remote atoll in the world. Green Island is 6 miles in diameter and is the only existing land that currently protrudes from the ocean. The atoll is located at the “Darwin point”, where coral growth decreases to a slower rate than atoll subsidence, and the atoll will sink below the surface. The good news is that the coral growth at Kure is faster currently than the subsidence. However, further north are the Emperor seamounts, showing a grim future for Kure atoll, where the water is too deep and cold for coral growth. The atoll is extremely important, because its home for dozens of nesting birds, sea turtles and the endemic Hawaiian monk seal. Along with the many endemic species inhabit the atoll, human …show more content…
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