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Line Islands

 (līn)
A group of islands in the central Pacific Ocean south of Hawaii and astride the equator. Several of the islands were formerly part of the British Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony and are now part of Kiribati; three others are administered by the United States.
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Line Islands

pl n
(Placename) a group of coral islands in the central Pacific, including Tabuaeran, Teraina, and Kiritimati: part of Kiribati, with Palmyra and Jarvis administered by the US
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Line′ Is′lands


n.pl.
a group of 11 coral atolls in the central Pacific, S of Hawaii: eight of the islands belong to Kiribati, and three to the U.S.
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2), a Brazilian group of oceanic equatorial islands. The SPSPA (0[degrees]55'02"N, 029[degrees]20'42"W) is formed by a group of small islands between the South American and African continents and southern and northern hemispheres, located about 1,100 km from the coast of Brazil and 1,700 km from the coast of Guinea-Bissau, Africa.
"While the mitigating effect of a stronger Equatorial Under-current will not spare the corals the perhaps-inevitable warming expected for this region, the warming rate will be slower around these equatorial islands, which may allow corals and their symbiotic algae a better chance to adapt and survive," Karnauskas said.
The first three yachts within the eight-strong Clipper fleet arrived in the equatorial islands on January 3 with Jersey Clipper securing their second consecutive race victory and increasing their lead in the overall standings.