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Aur Atoll (Marshallese: Aur, [ɑ̯ɑ͡ɒu̯u͡ɯrˠ][1]) is a coral atoll of 42 islands in the Pacific Ocean, and forms a legislative district of the Ratak Chain of the Marshall Islands. Its total land area is only 15 square kilometres (5.6 sq mi), but it encloses a lagoon with an area of 620 square kilometres (240 sq mi). It is located south of Maloelap Atoll. The population of Aur Atoll was 499 in 2011.

Aur Atoll
Maloelap&Aur atoll (satellite).jpg
NASA picture of Aur (left) and Maloelap (centre) Atolls
Aur Atoll is located in Marshall Islands
Aur Atoll
Aur Atoll
Location in the Marshall Islands
Geography
LocationNorth Pacific
Coordinates8°12′N 171°06′E / 8.200°N 171.100°E / 8.200; 171.100
ArchipelagoRatak
Total islands42
Area5.6 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
Highest elevation3 m (10 ft)
Administration
Marshall Islands
Demographics
Population499 (2011)
Ethnic groupsMarshallese

HistoryEdit

Aur Atoll was claimed by Germany along with the rest of the Marshall Islands in 1884. After World War I, the island came under the South Pacific Mandate of Japan. Following the end of World War II, Aur came under the control of the United States as part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. It became part of independent Republic of the Marshall Islands in 1986.

Sister citiesEdit

Aur Atoll has Taoyuan, Taiwan as a sister city since 2018.

EducationEdit

Marshall Islands Public School System operates public schools:[2]

  • Aur Elementary School
  • Tobal Elementary School

Northern Islands High School on Wotje serves the community.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Marshallese-English Dictionary - Place Name Index
  2. ^ "Public Schools Archived 2018-02-21 at the Wayback Machine." Marshall Islands Public School System. Retrieved on February 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "Annual Report 2011-2012." Ministry of Education (Marshall Islands). Retrieved on February 22, 2018. p. 54 (PDF p. 55/118). "Northern Islands High School takes students from the Ratak Ean zone including schools in Aur, Maloelap, Wotje, Ailuk, Utrik, Likiep and Mejit."

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