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  • noun A raised terrace of coral limestone surrounding a South Pacific atoll
  • noun geology The limestone of which it is constructed


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  • Henderson is an elevated coralline limestone ( "makatea") island which rises as an isolated conical mound from a depth of about 3.5 km, and is presumably a reef-capped volcano.

    Henderson Island, United Kingdom

  • In the makatea zones, however, most species are indigenous, and have been preserved because of the rough, almost inaccessible terrain.

    Cook Islands tropical moist forests

  • The makatea islands have similar flora to Rarotonga, with differences related to their structurally variability (volcanic vs. makatea (limestone) substrates).

    Cook Islands tropical moist forests

  • They have central volcanic hills surrounded by makatea: broad uplifted ancient coral reefs, as much as 2 km wide.

    Cook Islands tropical moist forests

  • Vegetation in the volcanic inner hills of the makatea islands has been almost completely introduced, with the area mostly given over to cultivation.

    Cook Islands tropical moist forests

  • Henderson Island is currently one of the most few relatively undisturbed makatea (raised limestone) islands in the world.

    Tuamotu tropical moist forests


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