Photo: NASA Marshall, Atoll
Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania, comprising hundreds of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It is distinct from Melanesia to the south, and Polynesia to the east. The Philippines and Indonesia lie to the west. Spread across 2,500 kilometers of the Western Central Pacific Ocean, just north of the equator, are the four states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap and their 607 islands (only 65 are inhabited).
Around Yap Island is a barrier reef that protects the channels and inner reefs of Yap.
Yap Day takes place at the end of February and the beginning of March.
Kammagar – Thank you
Sirow – Excuse me
#40whc world heritage spotlight
Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia) – Nan Madol is a series of 99 artificial islets off the south-east coast of Pohnpei that were constructed with walls of basalt and coral boulders. These islets harbour the remains of stone palaces, temples, tombs and residential domains built between 1200 and 1500 CE. These ruins represent the ceremonial centre of the Saudeleur dynasty, a vibrant period in Pacific Island culture. The huge scale of the edifices, their technical sophistication and the concentration of megalithic structures bear testimony to complex social and religious practices of the island societies of the period. The site was also inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger due to threats, notably the siltation of waterways that is contributing to the unchecked growth of mangroves and weakening existing edifices.