The widely scattered nation of Kiribati, pronounced "Kir-ee-bahs," located in the Pacific Ocean along the edges of the Equator, includes the Gilbert, Phoenix and Line island groups. Most are uninhabited.
These low-lying coral atolls, (33 in all) are the protruding tips of undersea volcanoes, and extend only a few feet above sea level.
The waters surrounding Kiribati witnessed intense whaling activities in the 19th century, and the islands were an important battlefield during World War II.
Formerly part of the British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, it gained full independence from Britain in 1979, shortly before the valuable phosphate deposits on the island of Banaba were depleted. Kiribati was therefore awarded millions for the total exploitation of that major resource in 1981.
The local economy now depends on subsistence farming, fishing, and the island's prolific stands of coconut palms, and the subsequent sale of copra (coconut meat.)
The isolated location of the Kiribati islands prevents tourism from flourishing, and becoming a major business, even though the weather is consistently warm, offshore reefs teem with colorful fish, and WWII shipwrecks are commonplace, especially off the eastern edge of Kiritimati (Christmas Island.)
That island, incidentally, is the world's largest coral atoll, and was once used for the testing of nuclear weapons.
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Facts and Figures
Official Name Republic of Kiribati
Capital City South Tarawa
Languages I-Kiribati, English (official)
Official Currency Australian Dollar
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Religions Catholic, Protestant, others
Land Area 849 sq km (328 sq miles)
Latitude/Longitude 1º 33N, 172º 99E
Highest Point 266 ft. (81 m)
Even though Kiribati sits in both the Eastern and Western Hemispheres, it successfully declared itself entirely a part of the Eastern Hemisphere. To see how that was done, and how it impacts the local date and time, go here!
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Kiribati Large Color Map here
Kiribati Map CIA version here
Kiribati Maps at UT here
Oceania Maps here
Kiribati (Complete) information on the (GDP) overall economy, imports and exports, resources, government, population, military, transportation, and more here
Kiribati (International Dateline) here
Kiribati Photos here
Kiribati (more) Photos here
Jane's Kiribati website here
Banaba Island details and pictures here
Banaba Island (more) details here
Christmas Island info here
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Climate The tropical islands of Kiribati are hot and humid throughout the year. The Gilbert Islands receive the most rain, while rainfall is sparse in the Phoenix and Line islands, and extended periods of drought are common.
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