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Three beatiful attols. Olimarao, Elato and Lamotrek

Olimarao

Olimarao Atoll is an uninhabited atoll in the State of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia. It is located 5 kilometers northwest of Elato and 860 kilometers southeast of Yap island. Olimarao belongs administratively to Elato.
The atoll's surface is 11 km² and it is roughly 5 km long and 3 km wide. The lagoon has a surface of about 6 km² and two passages into it located in the southern fringes of the reef.

The whole atoll is part of the Olimarao Conservation Area. This zone is meant to protect the breeding places of sea turtles, coconut crabs and pelagic birds.

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Elato

Elato is a coral atoll of three islands in the central Caroline Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and forms a legislative district in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia. Sorol is located approximately 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) west of Lamotrek. The population of Lamotrek was 96 in 2000.
The island is a double atoll forming the number eight, with a total length of 14 kilometres (8.7 mi), and up to 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide. The northern component, called Elato, contains two lagoons and three islets. It is connected to the southern component, called Lamolior, by a narrow submarine ridge. Lamolior has two islets. Both components are part of the same seamount. The total land area for both components combined is only 0.526 square kilometres (0.203 sq mi). Nearby Olimarao Atoll belongs administratively to Elato.

As with all of the Caroline Islands, sovereignty passed to the Empire of Germany in 1899. The island came under the control of the Empire of Japan after World War I, and was subsequently administered under the South Pacific Mandate. Following World War II, the island came under the control of the United States of America and was administered as part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands from 1947, and became part of the Federated States of Micronesia from 1979

Lamotrek

Lamotrek is a coral atoll of three islands in the central Caroline Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and forms a legislative district in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia. Sorol is located approximately 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) east of Elato. The population of Lamotrek was 373 in 2000. ). eography

The atoll is 11.5 kilometres (7.1 mi) long northeast-southeast, and up to 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) wide. Its total land area is only 0.982 square kilometres (0.379 sq mi), but it encloses a lagoon of 32 square kilometres (12 sq mi).

Among the individual islets are the following:

Falaite (northwest)
Pugue (northeast)
Lamotrek (southeast)

As with all of the Caroline Islands, sovereignty passed to the Empire of Germany in 1899. The island came under the control of the Empire of Japan after World War I, and was subsequently administered under the South Pacific Mandate. Following World War II, the island came under the control of the United States of America and was administered as part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands from 1947, and became part of the Federated States of Micronesia from 1979. Invaded by Ifalik during Mweoiush reign and with the assist of Mailiyas. See Ifalik for more info.

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