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Sector 10. Micronesia, Palau, and Guam

the N atoll by a 1 mile wide coral ridge, with a least charted depth of 20m.

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The N lagoon of the N atoll has depths of up to 27m, but is

mostly foul. An entrance, about 90m wide and having depths of 5.5 to 11m, is located on the E side of the atoll, about 1 mile SW of Elato.

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The S lagoon of the N atoll has depths of 6.4 to 29m and is

entered through a very narrow channel close S of Kari, an islet that lies between the lagoons.

The passages into the above lagoons are suitable only for small craft with local knowledge.

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Olimarao Atoll (7°41'N., 145°52'E.) consists of two flat is-

lets on an atoll reef. Olimarao, an islet on the NE side of the atoll, and Falifi, an islet on the W side of the atoll, are covered with coconut palms and other trees.

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Shallow depths are found off the NW side of the atoll reef,

which is always marked by breakers. On the S side, there are two shallow passages, the E of which is 0.5 mile wide and the W about 0.3 mile. The lagoon has not been closely examined; a 7.3m coral head is reported to lie near its middle part.

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A bank, with a depth of 27m and marked by discolored

water, was reported to lie in 3.5 miles NNE of Olimarao Atoll. A depth of 16.5m was reported to lie 18 miles SSW of Olimarao Atoll.

10.32 Tarang Bank (8°23'N., 145°14'E.), over which there

are depths of 25 to 45m, is marked by discolored water on its shallowest part.

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A large shoal area lies about 16 miles E of Tarang Bank’s E

end and has a least charted depth of 42m; depths of 13.7 to 29m have been reported to lie in an area up to 18 miles SW and SE of the shoal area, while a 31m patch lies 13 miles E of the bank.

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Earl Dalhouse Bank (8°07'N., 144°55'E.), about 20 miles

SW of Tarang Bank, has a least charted depth of 25m. A coral bank, with a charted depth of 25m, lies about 8 miles NE of the bank. Gamen Reef (7°24'N., 144°41'E.), which breaks on its SW end, has a least depth of 5m and is marked by discolored water. The reef lies 9 miles NE of Ifalik Atoll.

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Inanthe Shoal (5°56'N., 145°27'E.) has a depth of 11.8m,

but a 4.5m patch marked by discolored water lies about 5 miles W of the shoal.

Ifalik Atoll (7°15'N., 144°27'E.) consists of a circular reef with three small islets on its E and S sides.

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A narrow and shallow boat passage leads between the reefs

close E of Ella. A small vessel entered through this passage and reported that there was a depth of 5.5m and that the width was about 45m. Anchorage was taken, in 14.6m, off the SW side of Ifalik, the E islet. There are two small piers on this side of the islet.

In 1978, a small ship, 65m in length, took satisfactory an- chorage in 40m, sand, about 0.2 mile S of Ella.

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10.33 Faraulep Atoll (8°36'N., 144°33'E.) consists of three

low wooded islets on a reef enclosing a circular lagoon. Depths of 14.6 to 20m are found in the lagoon. There are three pass- ages into the lagoon on the S side of the atoll. They are narrow and shallow. In 1978, a small ship, 65m in length, reported using the center channel without difficulty.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage may be taken, in 18.3m, off the SW end of Eate, an islet on the S side of the atoll.

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Gaferut (9°14'N., 145°23'E.), a small island, stands on a

reef that extends 315m NW and 0.1 mile S from it. The island is wooded, and some of the coconut palms attain a height of 19.8m. Vessels have anchored, in 11m, near the reef’s edge, about 0.4 mile SW of the S end of Gaferut.

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The island was reported (1969) to lie 2.5 miles W of its

charted position. In 1977, the depths encountered S of Gaferut were reported to be less than charted depths. In 1979, a small boat channel with depths of 3 to 4.5m was reported in the S portion of the reef.

10.34 Woleai Atoll (7°22'N., 143°55'E.) (World Port Index

No. 56610) consists of 18 islands and islets. The atoll, the S side of which is mostly submerged, is divided into two lagoons by a ridge of reefs that extends SE from Tagaulap Island, on the N side of the atoll. Both lagoons are open S, and during strong S winds a swell sets in.

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All the islands are covered with coconut palms and other

trees, except Woleai, on the NE side of the atoll, which has been cleared. Sand Island and Montegosu Island (Montegos) Island) lie on the S side of the atoll. Both islets are fringed by reefs and fronted by dangers; they divide this side of the atoll into three separate channels.

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Anchorage.—The two lagoons offer anchorage, protected

from the prevailing NE winds, but exposed to S winds and seas. Large vessels can anchor in East Lagoon, in 27 to 37m, fine sand, about 0.4 mile W of the N part of Raur Island, on the E side of the lagoon.

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Vessels sometimes anchor outside the lagoons, N of Tag-

aulap Island, where there is shelter from S winds. 10.35 Eauripik Atoll (6°42'N., 143°02'E.) consists of six

small islets which lie on the reef, which is mostly low and steep-to. With light SW winds, there are usually breakers on the N side of the atoll, but not on the S side. All the islets, except the W, are covered with coconut palms. The latter is awash at HW.

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Sorol Atoll (8°08'N., 140°23'E.) consists of 17 low islets

lying on the NE side of the atoll reef. The reef on the N side of the atoll dries about 1.2m; the reef on the S side is submerged. Only the larger islets have trees on them; the remainder are low and sandy.

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The outer edge of the S side of the atoll is steep-to and there

is no suitable anchorage. Vessels can lie off this side and com- municate with the islands by boat through a narrow shoal pass- age in the middle of the S side of the atoll.

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A reef, with a depth of 12.8m, lies about 3.5 miles SE of the

SE side of the atoll. 10.36 Fais (9°46'N., 140°31'E.) (World Port Index No.

56620) is fringed with a reef except at its NE and SW ends, which are steep-to. The middle of the island is cultivated, the remainder being covered with palms. On the NE and SW shores, cliffs rise to a height of 13.7m. Refinery Point, on the NW side of the island, is a sheer cliff, 18.3m high and jutting into the sea.

Anchorage.—There is no safe anchorage; in calm weather vessels lie offshore and load copra from native craft. A W

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