So Karnauskas and Cohen began to investigate how the EUC would affect the equatorial islands' reef ecosystems, starting with global climate models that simulate impacts in a warming world.
Kiribati is a tiny republic made up of 33 coral atolls and reef islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean—it's more than 1,000 miles from anywhere. Since the nation's highest point is just two meters above sea level, climate change threatens to swallow the equatorial island chain.
The Line Islands, Teraina Islands or Equatorial Islands, is a chain of eleven and low coral in the central , south of the , that stretches for 2,350 kilometres (1,460 miles) in a northwest–southeast direction, making it one of the longest island chains of the world. Eight of the islands form part of , while the remaining three are territories grouped with the .
"In March, 1935, the first colonization expedition to the American Equatorial Islands set out from Honolulu aboard the Coast Guard cutter "
|1||Background on the trans-Pacific Island Grab is contained in three excellent review articles by Francis X. Holbrook: "Commercial Aviation and the Colonization of the Equatorial Islands, 1934-1936," Aerospace Historian, Dec., 1970, pp. 144-149;"Aeronatucial Reciprocity and the Anglo-American Island Race, 1936-1937," Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Dec., 1971, pp. 321-335; and "The Canton Island Controversy: Compromise or American Victory?" Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, June, 1973, pp. 128-147. Back.|
|2||Maude, 1940. Back.|
|3||Ibid., and National Geographic, Sept., 1937. Back.|
|4||NARA, RG. 126. Back.|
|5||Bryant, Denver Museum of Natural History, 1954. Back.|
|6||NARA, R.G. 126. Back.|