East Rennell, Solomon Islands

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 28)


Rennell is the southernmost island in the Solomon Island group in the Western Pacific. It is the largest raised coral atoll in the world. An important feature of the island is Lake Tegano, the largest closed lake on a Pacific Island, which was the former lagoon on the atoll. The lake is brackish and contains many rugged limestone islands. The surrounding kart terrain has a dense cover of indigenous forest. Remaining in its natural state, the forest has a rich biodiversity with many endemic species. The island is a stage in the migration and evolution of species in the Western Pacific and, combined with the strong climatic effects of frequent hurricanes, makes a natural laboratory for the study of island biogeography.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
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  1. 1.Federal University of Ceará StateFortalezaBrazil

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