Millennium Atoll, Kirabati

May 06, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

Millennium Atoll is the summit of a towering coral mountain, built on a foundation of ancient volcanic rock that rises from the abyssal depths of the Pacific, north of French Polynesia.  A remote corner of the nation of Kirabati, it is one of the most isolated points of land on the planet, a mid-ocean wilderness, yet it has not completely escaped the impacts of the Anthropocene era in which we live.

All of today’s images were shot with an iPhone 6s.

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David Cothran

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David has worked for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1993 on six continents and in over 65 countries. David is interested in many of the natural sciences, particularly ornithology, geology and marine biology; he most enjoys contrasting the broad perspectives provided by world travel with detailed investigations of local ecosystems on land and in the sea.

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Rodrigo Moterani

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Rodrigo Moterani was born in Brazil, where he still lives. After spending his teen years playing with camcorders and VCRs, Rodrigo ended up working in the field of television journalism and video production in his home country. He graduated with a degree in communications in 1997.

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