Tuamotu Archipelago

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Tu·a·mo·tu Archipelago

An island group of French Polynesia in the southern Pacific Ocean east of Tahiti. Inhabited primarily by native Polynesian people, the islands were annexed by France in 1881.
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Tuamotu Archipelago

(Placename) a group of about 80 coral islands in the S Pacific, in French Polynesia. Pop: 15 973 (2002; including the Gambier Islands). Area: 860 sq km (332 sq miles). Also called: Low Archipelago or Paumotu Archipelago
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Tu•a•mo′tu Archipel′ago

(ˌtu əˈmoʊ tu)
a group of islands in the S Pacific: in French Polynesia. 11,793; 332 sq. mi. (860 sq. km).
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Noun1.Tuamotu Archipelago - a group of about 80 coral islands in French PolynesiaTuamotu Archipelago - a group of about 80 coral islands in French Polynesia
French Oceania, French Polynesia - a French overseas possession in the South Pacific
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The recipient oysters grafted from the same donor oyster (grouped on chaplets) were then randomly split into six groups; two of these were kept in Gambier archipelago (Atiaoa and Taku bays), two others were taken to Tuamotu archipelago (atoll lagoons of Ahe and Arutua), and the last two to Society archipelago (lagoons of Raiatea and Tahaa Islands) (Fig.
The son of underwater explorer Jacques will also be giving talks on this cruise around French Polynesia, which will visit the Society Islands and Tuamotu Archipelago where divers can see sharks and eagle rays from December to March.
The Tuamotu Archipelago, which is made up of a series of atolls (ring-shaped coral reefs), provides a distinctly otherworldly experience.
Beyond Tahiti the track crossed the Tuamotu archipelago of French Polynesia--thousands of tiny coral atolls, of which very few are inhabited, and even fewer have airstrips that make them accessible to visitors.