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French Frigate Shoals

French Frigate Shoals is the largest atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. It includes a twenty mile crescent shaped reef, twelve sandbars,and 120 foot high la Perouse Pinnacle. The total land area of French Frigate Shoals is approximately 70 acres, and the total reef area is more then 230,000 acres.

Quick Facts
English Name: French Frigate Shoals
Hawaiian Name: Mokupapapa

Tern Island
The largest body of land in French Frigate Shoals is Tern Island. It was used as an airplane refueling station at one time, and it is now a bird nesting area.

Introduction to French Frigate Shoals
This general introduction to French Frigate Shoals is from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Multi-Agency Education Project.

NOAA Maps of French Frigate Shoals
- French Frigate Shoals Map
- French Frigate Shoals Banks Map

Jerry Lentz on the French Frigate Shoals
Retired Navy Coastguard Lieutenant Jerry M. Lentz created this Web site to encourage preservation of the Hawaiian Monk Seal, the Green Sea Turtle, and other marine life on French Frigate Shoals. Also includes informatoin about the area's geology, military history, space exploration history, and animal life.

Jane Resture on the French Frigate Shoals
General information about French Frigate Shoals, including a description, natural history, geology, wave conditions, political history, a map, and a few pictures.

Wikipedia on the French Frigate Shoals

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- All Northwest Hawaiian Islands



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