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WHSfFridayFact Malden Island

Malden Island
Malden Island

#whsfridayfact The Malden Island
First sighted in 1825 and later named after Lt. Charles Robert Malden, navigator of the Blonde and founder of Windlesham House School

This island, sometimes called Independence Island in the 19th century, is a uninhabited atol in the central Pacific Ocean. It is also one of the Line Islands belonging to the Republic if Kiribati.

Its is notable for its prehistoric ruins, was a former site for the first British H-bomb, and is now important as a protected area for breeding seabirds.

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