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Solomon Islands

UNESCO World Heritage

Solomon Islands, East Rennell

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 28, 2012 at 23:41:21

Location Southernmost of the Solomon Islands, Rennell and Bellona Province
Coordinates S11 40 59.988 E160 19 59.988
Property 37,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1998

Brief Description ( )

East Rennell makes up the southern third of Rennell Island, the southernmost island in the Solomon Island group in the western Pacific. Rennell, 86 km long x 15 km wide, is the largest raised coral atoll in the world. The site includes approximately 37,000 ha and a marine area extending 3 nautical miles to sea. A major feature of the island is Lake Tegano, which was the former lagoon on the atoll. The lake, the largest in the insular Pacific (15,500 ha), is brackish and contains many rugged limestone islands and endemic species. Rennell is mostly covered with dense forest, with a canopy averaging 20 m in height. Combined with the strong climatic effects of frequent cyclones, the site is a true natural laboratory for scientific study. The site is under customary land ownership and management.

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Lake Tegano, Rennell Island

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