NASA picture of Taenga Atoll
|Area||140 km2 (54 sq mi) (lagoon)|
20 km2 (8 sq mi) (above water)
|Length||27 km (16.8 mi)|
|Width||11 km (6.8 mi)|
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
Taenga Atoll is roughly triangular in shape. It measures 27 km in length with a maximum width of 11 km.
Taenga's lagoon has an area of 120 square kilometres (46 square miles). It is very difficult to enter on account of the currents and the very narrow pass.
Taenga Atoll was first discovered by John Buyers on 10 March 1803 who named it "Holts Island" on the same day as he discovered Makemo atoll. It was later rediscovered by Russian explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen in 1820. In some maps it still appears as "Yermolov".
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