New Caledonia: The Worlds Largest Lagoon

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By Camille Rustici

 

Located two hours flight from Sydney and 17,000 km away from Paris, the French territory New Caledonia is the third largest archipelago in the Pacific. Wrapped with a 1,600 kilometre long coral reef, on the Coral

Sea, it has the biggest lagoon of the world. Since 2008, two-thirds of this extraordinary natural treasure is inscribed on the UNECSO World Heritage list. Still wild and unspoiled, New Caledonia has preserved its tropical ecosystem, most of which is endemic. But the recent booming in the nickel industry is a source of questions and concerns.

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