Marshall Islands Bikini Atoll Satellite Image

Jim Plaxco

Schaumburg, United States

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This is a satellite image of the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The atoll consists of 23 islands adding up to just 9 square kilometers. The islands surround a deep 600 square kilometer lagoon. Bikini Island is the northeastern most and largest of the islands. Within Bikini Atoll, the islets (islands) of Bikini, Enyu, Namu and Enidrik make up most of the land area. Bikini and Eneu are the only islands that have a permanent population.

On the northwest cape of the atoll, adjacent to Nam island, is the crater formed by the 15 Megaton Castle Bravo nuclear test. Adjoining that crater is a smaller crater from the Mt. Castle Romeo nuclear test. The world’s fourth and fifth atomic weapons were detonated in the Bikini Lagoon. In fact it was after the Able test that Louis Réard introduced a new swimsuit that he named the bikini after the atoll.

For mapping reference (along with the location of the Castle Bravo crater) see Google Maps:

Image processing and retouching have been performed primarily to enhance colors and contrast in order to emphasize fine detail.

Note that differing product dimensions means that edge areas of the original image will be cropped differently on different products. The complete image is available on the print version.

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