|Kingman Reef from above|
|The only emergent land at Kingman; a narrow |
strip of coral rubble and coarse sand
|A cluster of Giant Clams (Tridacna maxima ) |
at Kingman Reef
Kingman Reef is an uninhabited, triangular shaped reef that is mostly submerged. A small, single strip of “dry land” composed of mainly of dead and dried coral skeletons, is located on the eastern rim of the reef. With the highest point of land at approximately 1 meter, the island is often awash during high tide and is inhospitable for most organisms. Despite the harsh surface conditions Kingman Reef supports a vast variety of marine life below. Approximately 130 species of corals are known at Kingman and giant clams are abundant in shallow waters. Predators dominate the waters at Kingman similarly to most of the uninhabited islands we visit.
|Oceanographer Chip Young surveys |
the reef at Kingman
We’ll be here for the next 6 days conducting our standard suite of work before beginning the transit home.