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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A group of islands in the central Pacific Ocean south of Hawaii and astride the equator. First visited by American sailors in 1798, they were formerly part of the British Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony and are now part of Kiribati.

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  • Two of the areas encompass a region known as the Line Islands, a relatively isolated and uninhabited string of islands in the central Pacific.

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  • One, in the central Pacific, would encompass an area known as the Line Islands and stretch about 2,000 miles from the Johnston Atoll to the Rose Atoll.

    Transworld Surf

  • The boat, which carried six crew, traveled through a waste-strewn area of the north Pacific and made stops in the Line Islands, Western Samoa and the French territory of New Caledonia before leaving for Australia.

    Plastiki Boat Arrives In Sydney Harbor After 9,000 Mile Sail

  • I told him I was planning to sail from Sydney, northeast across the equator to the Line Islands, then down to Cape Horn, under the Cape of Good Hope, across to Cape Leeuwin, and home to Sydney.

    True Spirit

  • KiribatiOceania, group of 33 coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean, straddling the Equator; the capital Tarawa is about one-half of the way from Hawaii to Australia; note - on 1 January 1995, Kiribati proclaimed that all of its territory lies in the same time zone as its Gilbert Islands group (UTC +12) even though the Phoenix Islands and the Line Islands under its jurisdiction lie on the other side of the International Date Line

    Location

  • It includes 8 of the 11 Line Islands, including Kiritimati (formerly Christmas Island), as well as the Gilbert and Phoenix groups and Banaba (formerly Ocean Island).

    Kiribati

  • Waterways: 5 km (small network of canals in Line Islands) (2007)

    Kiribati

  • Area: total: 811 sq km land: 811 sq km water: 0 sq km note: includes three island groups - Gilbert Islands, Line Islands, Phoenix Islands

    Kiribati

  • Kiribatitotal: 811 sq km land: 811 sq km water: 0 sq km note: includes three island groups - Gilbert Islands, Line Islands, Phoenix Islands

    Area

  • Kiribati5 km (small network of canals in Line Islands) (2007)

    Waterways

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