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Midway Islands

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Introduction

Midway might be the most famous for the battle that took place here in the second world war, which proved to be the turning point in the war in the pacific. Midway has seen a couple of settlers and for a short while in the late 30's and early 40's even tourists, only the airfield base stayed for a long while, and although the population is now downgraded to 60 people the airfield remains in use. Most inhabitants (around 2 millions) on the islands are birds. It houses populations of several species of seabird, including the largest population of the Laysan Albatross and large colonies of Red-tailed Tropicbirds, Black Noddies and White Terns

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Geography

Midway excists of two large islands: Sand Island and Eastern Island. there are however also a couple of smaller islands, of which Spit Island is the largest. The origin of Midway is vulcanic and was formed 28 million years ago. Since than the land subsided and a coral reef was formed at sealevel.

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Sights and Activities

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is 139,793 square miles of lands and waters (mostly waters) set aside to protect the area’s significant natural, cultural, and historic resources. Midway is set in the middle of one of the two large wildlife refuges in this monument.

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Getting There

In 2007 plans were approved to allow visitors to Midway. Possible visits are arranged in participation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For more information on how to visit check this link

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