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Nanumanga or Nanumaga is an island, an atoll or a district of the Oceanian island nation of Tuvalu. It has a surface area of about 3 km². In 1986 it became a centre of debate by Pacific archaeologists who discovered the submerged Caves of Nanumanga, which found the remains of fire created by pre-historic inhabitants.

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Geography

There are three lagoons, the largest, Vaiatoa, having four islands. There are mangrove woods and dry vegetation. The island has an oval outline, with the longer axis oriented north-south.

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Capes

  • Cape on the north: Te Kaupapa
  • Cape on the south: Te Papa

Population

At the 2002 census the population of the atoll was 589.

Villages

The two villages are Tonga (population 308) and Tokelau (pop. 281), at the western side of the island.

Transportation

There are a few paths.

References

Coordinates: 6°20′S 176°25′E / 6.333°S 176.417°E / -6.333; 176.417


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