Barrier Reef of Pearl and Hermes Atoll: Hawaii

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Very little of Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands sticks above sea level, and even less at high tide.  The shallow lagoon of the atoll is partially surrounded by the exposed barrier reef visible in this panorama.  North Island can be seen on the horizon, one of the few spits of land permanent enough for nesting birds and resting monk seals.

See more panoramas from Pearl and Hermes and around the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument here.

 

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