Gilbert Islands, central Pacific Ocean May 14, 2006Posted by jtintle in Earth, Gilbert Islands, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, Planets, Space Fotos, Terra satellite.
Credit: Jeff Schmaltz
Links: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team,
This image, acquired by the MODIS on the Terra satellite, shows the Gilbert Islands, located in the central Pacific Ocean. The Gilbert Islands are a chain of 16 atolls and coral islands, and are one of the island groups that form the Republic of Kiribati. The islands are about 930 miles north of Fiji, and the equator runs through the center of the islands, right through the center of the image.
The islands were discovered by Europeans in the late 18th century; one of the explorers was Captain Thomas Gilbert.
The native population of the Gilberts are Micronesian, similar in many respects to the Marshall Islands, the Carolines, and the Marianas.