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Topic: Midway Atoll

  Midway Atoll - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Midway Atoll (also known as Midway Island or Midway Islands, Hawaiian: Pihemanu) is a 6.2 square kilometer atoll located in the North Pacific Ocean (near the northwestern end of the Hawaiian archipelago) at 28°13′N 177°22′W, about one-third of the way between Honolulu and Tokyo.
Midway Atoll is part of a chain of volcanic islands, atolls, and seamounts extending from Hawai'i up to the tip of the Aleutian Islands and known as the Hawaii-Emperor chain.
Midway's importance to the U.S. was brought into focus on December 7, 1941 with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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 Midway Atoll   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Midway Atoll, sometimes referred to as Midway Island or the Midway Islands, is a 6.2 square kilometer atoll located in the North Pacific Ocean (part of the Hawaiian archipelago) at 28°13' N, 177°22' W, about one-third of the way between Honolulu and Tokyo.
Midway Atoll is one of a chain of volcanic islands, atolls, and seamounts extending from Hawaii up to the tip of the Aleutian Islands and known as the Hawaii-Emperor chain.
Midway was formed roughly 28 million years ago when the seabed underneath it was over the same hot spot from which the Island of Hawai'i is now being formed.
bopedia.com /en/wikipedia/m/mi/midway_atoll.html   (696 words)

 Midway   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Midway Atoll, located along the leeward chain of the Hawaiian archipelago, consists of three islands surrounded by a shallow white sand lagoon with turquoise waters and sheltered by a coral reef.
Midway is also a refuge for spinner dolphins, the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and the threatened green sea turtle.
Midway Atoll was part of a pivotal battle deemed by historians to be the turning point of World War II in the Pacific.
www.pacificislandtravel.com /micronesia/about_destin/midway.html   (519 words)

 Midway Atoll - A birder visits Midway Atoll, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, map, location
Midway Atoll is one of the western most islands in a chain of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean the most famous of which are known as the Hawaiian Islands.
Midway Atoll was formed by an active volcano in the floor of the Pacific Ocean.
Midway Atoll never had an indigenous human population and was first claimed by the United States which has always controlled the island.
www.neseabirds.com /Midway/island.htm   (519 words)

 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Midway Atoll   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Midway Atoll (also known as Midway Island or Midway Islands, Hawaiian: Pihemanu) is a 6.2 square kilometer atoll located in the North Pacific Ocean (near the northwestern end of the Hawaiian archipelago) at Honolulu and Tokyo.
As of 2004, the airfield at Midway Atoll has been designated as an emergency diversion airport for aircraft flying under ETOPS rules.
Later that year, Roosevelt placed the atoll under the control of the Navy, in response to complaints from cable company workers about Japanese squatters and poachers.
www.hallencyclopedia.com /topic/Midway_Atoll.html   (1694 words)

 NWHI - Midway Atoll
Midway Atoll (also referred to as the Midway Islands) is located near the end of the Northwestern Hawaiian chain, 91 km southeast of Kure Atoll and 140 km northwest of Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
The atoll which is around 10 km across consists of three islands, several shifting sandbars and an encircling reef rim — all that is left of the volcano that formed here some 28 million years ago.
Used as US Navy facility after the war, responsibilty for Midway Atoll was handed over to the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 1996 to manage the atoll as the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.
www.oceandots.com /pacific/nwhi/midway.htm   (231 words)

 Midway Atoll History & The Battle of Midway   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
On August 28, 1867, Naval Captain William Reynolds of the USS Lackawanna took possession of the atoll for the United States, and Midway became the first offshore islands to be annexed by the U.S. government.
Public visitation to Midway began in August 1996, although the Navy was still involved in cleanup activities on the atoll.
Midway is a treasure trove for history buffs, as the atoll still carries many historic remnants of the Battle of Midway.
www.fishdive.com /midway/History/history.html   (1055 words)

 Midway Atoll Photography Workshop - Photo Tour - Albatross
Midway Atoll lies 1,200 miles from the main Hawaiian Islands, a small dot in the center of the vast Pacific Ocean near the International Date Line.
Midway's beach was recently rated "One of the World's 10 Best." During our visit, the average high is 77 F, the average low is 67 F. Accommodations are modern and comfortable, and reasonably priced meals are readily available.
Midway's History: Midway Atoll played a central role in the battle for the Pacific during World War II, but the US military base was decommissioned in 1996 and the island was designated a National Wildlife Refuge.
www.rpphoto.com /trips/midway   (448 words)

 Midway Atoll
Midway Islands was the turning point of the war in the Pacific, when US land and aircraft carrier based units sank four Japanese aircraft carriers in a two-day sea battle that broke the back of the Imperial Japanese fleet.
Visitors to Midway Islands are exploring its waters and beaches for the first time in half a century, and finding a treasure trove of remarkably well preserved wartime items.
The TBF Grumman Avenger flown by pilots of a shore-based element of Torpedo Squadron 8, began its combat career with attacks on the Japanese Fleet during the Battle of Midway.
www.pacificwrecks.com /provinces/midway.html   (635 words)

 NWHI: About: Midway Atoll
Midway, the best known of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI), is a circular-shaped atoll with three small islets (Sand, Eastern, and Spit) on the southern end of a lagoon.
The atoll was attached twice, first of December 7th 1941, and again during the pivotal Battle of Midway, June 4th-6th 1942.
The atoll was attacked twice, once on December 7, 1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and again during the pivotal Battle of Midway, which turned the tide of the War in America's favor.
www.hawaiianatolls.org /about/midway.php   (1049 words)

 Oceanic Society PRESS RELEASE
Midway Phoenix Corporation (MPC), the sole provider of air and land support services, summarily ceased visitor operations on January 23rd, citing heavy financial losses and a basic disagreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over management policy of the Refuge.
Midway Atoll, located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands chain approximately 1250 miles west of Honolulu, is an ecosystem of exceptional value.
Midway Atoll was the site of a pivotal battle during World War II and contains a number of nationally significant historical resources.
www.oceanic-society.org /pages/presrelease/news19.html   (687 words)

 Recreation.gov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Situated midway across the world*s largest ocean, 1,200 miles northwest of Honolulu, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is a place of astonishing beauty.
Because of its pivotal role in naval history during World War II at the Battle of Midway, the atoll is also recognized as the National Memorial to the Battle of Midway.
Because of Midway Atoll's remote location in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean, it can only be reached by air, or by sailboats under a special use permit system.
www.recreation.gov /detail.cfm?ID=1514   (249 words)

 Midway Islands - Wikitravel
The Midway Islands or Midway Atoll [1] is a wildlife refuge in the north Pacific Ocean, roughly "midway" between California and East Asia, just east of the International Date Line.
Midway is part of the extended series of Pacific islands which include Hawaii.
The Kure Atoll and the Pearl and Hermes Atoll lie 60 miles to the west and 90 miles to the east, respectively.
wikitravel.org /en/Midway_Atoll   (633 words)

 CoralRealm .. Midway Atoll -- History
Midway Atoll was discovered in 1859 by a Captain N.C. Brooks sailing under the Hawaiian flag.
In its heyday, the atoll was home to over 2,000 naval personnel, many of whom brought their families.
In a unique joint undertaking by Fish and Wildlife and Midway Phoenix, guest facilities were built and the atoll was opened to the public as America's newest wildlife refuge.
www.coralrealm.com /fish/Midwayhist.html   (677 words)

 Aircraft that Visit Midway Atoll
Midway is an important refueling stop for a wide variety of short and medium range commercial, military, and private aircraft island-hopping across the North Pacific, and an emergency stop for long-range and ETOPS flights.
Midway is ideal for seeing airplanes close-up and many islanders watch arrivals and departures alongside the runway.
The increased speed and payload of the 737 is a welcome relief to Midway residents and tourists that had to endure 5 hour flights on a G-I with a maximum baggage allowance of 40 pounds.
www.coralreefnetwork.com /stender/diving/midway/planes/planes.htm   (778 words)

 Introduction to Midway Atoll   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Midway is one of the world's most spectacular wildlife experiences.
Midway became an "overlay" refuge in 1988, while still under the primary jurisdiction of the Navy.
Midway is one of the most remote coral atolls on earth.
www.fws.gov /midway/intro/default.htm   (320 words)

 Rat Predation on Bonin Petrel Eggs on Midway Atoll
Egg predation by rats on Midway Atoll was not restricted to Bonin Petrels at the chapel colony.
The impact of rat predation on Bonin Petrels on Midway Atoll is considerable.
Introduction of rats to Sand and Eastern Islands, Midway Atoll (28ø13'N, 177ø23'W), in the Leeward Islands of the Hawaiian Archipelago occurred in 1943 with the buildup of military activities (Alsatt 1945).
elibrary.unm.edu /sora/JFO/v052n04/p0336-p0338.html   (2864 words)

 Midway Atoll, Paradise Found--Part 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Midway Atoll is the result of a volcanic island formed some 28 million years ago.
The sinking of four Japanese carriers, essentially their entire fleet, by planes from Midway and the American carrier fleet, was unquestionably the greatest U.S. Naval victory and doomed the Imperial Navy to defeat.
In 1996 Midway Atoll began a new life as a National Wildlife Refuge under the management of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
www.nestbox.com /sections/travel/midway.htm   (785 words)

 Battle of Midway-Overview
The Battle of Midway would prove to be a decisive contest for naval supremacy in the central Pacific region between the United States Navy and the Japanese Imperial Navy.
In June 1942, the flat sandy islands of Midway Atoll were the focus of a decisive struggle for supremacy in the central Pacific region between the navies of Japan and the United States.
Tanaka correctly suspected that one of the aims of the Midway Operation was to lay the foundation for an assault on Hawaii.
www.users.bigpond.com /pacificwar/Midway/MidwayOverview.html   (2162 words)

Midway is a small atoll nearly half-way across the Pacific, the westernmost inhabited member of the Hawaiian Island chain.
Midway was recommended as a patrol plane and submarine base in a 1938-39 study of national defense needs, and construction of a U.S. Navy base began soon thereafter.
As the Japanese threat to Midway became known during that month, Nimitz increased its ground and air forces, the latter to the point where Eastern Island was crowded with Marine Corps, Navy and Army Air Force planes.
www.history.navy.mil /photos/events/wwii-pac/midway/mid-1a.htm   (740 words)

 Jean-Michel Cousteau : Ocean Adventures . Midway Atoll | PBS
It was the first offshore island annexed by the United States and is the only island in the NWHI not to become part of the state of Hawaii.
During the Battle of Midway six months later (June 1942), U.S. forces, warned by intelligence reports, surprised and defeated a Japanese invasion fleet.
Midway has the largest Laysan albatross colony in the world.
www.pbs.org /kqed/oceanadventures/episodes/kure/diaries/midway.html   (223 words)

 The Common Myna at Midway Atoll
It is unlikely that the beneficial aspects of myna presence at Midway outweigh their negative impacts, and continued expansion of the population may pose greater risk of irreversible damage.
I estimate 500 mynas were at Midway this winter, based on general observations made through the period and specific observations of pocket distribution.
Grant, G. Wildlife on Midway Atoll during the winter and spring of 1980-1981.
mywebpages.comcast.net /salix/myna.htm   (1880 words)

 Lead poisoning still threatens albatross chicks on Midway Atoll
The embattled birds of Midway Atoll are not quite in the clear.
Midway Atoll, a sliver of islands 1,200 miles northwest of Hawaii, was the site of one of World War II's biggest naval battles — the Battle of Midway, June 4-7, 1942 — and was the location of a U.S. Naval Air Facility until it was closed in the mid 1990s.
She is aware of at least two such bases: Johnston Atoll and French Frigate Shoals, another island in the Hawaiian Archipelago.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2003-07/acs-lps070203.php   (722 words)

 The Seattle Times: Travel Outdoors: The remote Midway Atoll is awash in wildlife and military history
MIDWAY ATOLL — More than a thousand miles from the closest outpost of civilization, the pale sands of Midway Atoll peek out above the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean like an oasis.
One of the more luxurious but roundabout options for getting to Midway is to book passage on one of the few cruise ships that anchor nearby each year and ferry passengers across the turquoise water of the 5-mile-wide atoll to Sand Island.
However visitors get to Midway, they'll be greeted by members of the world's largest colony of Laysan albatrosses —; about 400,000 nesting pairs — and taken on a four- to six-hour tour of the atoll's main island.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/traveloutdoors/2002942853_midway23.html   (1043 words)

 MIDWAY ATOLL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Midway is located about 1500 miles northwest of Honolulu, and about 1500 miles south of the Aleutians.
Sand Island has been the "main" island at Midway since World War II, and is where the runway, hangar, and housing are located (all left by the navy).
Midway is the home to more than two million seabirds; you are literally stepping all over them (but never ON them!).
homepages.wwc.edu /staff/nestja/Midway/midway.htm   (270 words)

 Laysan ducks spreading wings on Midway Atoll - The Honolulu Advertiser - Hawaii's Newspaper   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Laysan ducks are staging a stunning population explosion on Midway Atoll's Sand Island, where five of six female birds nested this season and three so far have produced 13 surviving chicks.
Twenty of the endangered ducks, also called Laysan teal, were shipped to the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, 1,250 miles northwest of Honolulu, eight months ago from their home island to create a backup population in case the ducks on Laysan are destroyed by storm, alien predators or some other disaster.
Midway, where rats were exterminated in the 1990s, was identified as a potential new home for the birds.
the.honoluluadvertiser.com /article/2005/Jul/01/ln/ln26p.html   (646 words)

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