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Location. Kure Atoll is located at 28º25' N 178º25' W. It is the most remote of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and is the northern-most coral atoll in the world. Kure is 91 km west-northwest of Midway Atoll, at the end of the chain of "Leeward Islands," the oldest islands of the Hawaiian chain. Measured from Nihoa Island, about 100 miles off the northern tip of Kaua`i, the Leewards stretch for just amore than a thousand miles to Kure Atoll. Kure lies 2204 km (1190 nm) from Honolulu.

Source: http://www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar/pubs/NWHI_Kure_Atoll_AMP.pdf

Geology. Kure Atoll emerged between 6 and 25 million years ago, and probably rose to an elevation of over 12,000 feet. Most of the Leewards, including Kure, have been eroded flat by the sea and wind, but a few tough volcanic cores endure. There are over 18 islets, shoals, and half submerged reefs in the chain, with a total area of 3400 acres. Additional seamounts extend another 500 miles northwest of Kure Atoll. This undersea chain not claimed by any country.

Source: http://www.425dxn.org/dc3mf/kure.html

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