Noumea in the South Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia

Noumea in the South Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia. Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features Noumea, the capital of the South Pacific archipelago New Caledonia.

Tourism is a major source of income for Noumea, and visitors are drawn to the region’s incredible biodiversity, including a 1,000-mile stretch of 146 types of coral reefs.

Many of the reefs, mangroves, and tropical lagoons are designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Noumea is also known for stunning architecture, great food, shopping, and live music.

New Caledonia is a French territory that includes the Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Bélep Islands, and the Île des Pins.  map of the South Pacific has been devised and developed so that member nations of the South Pacific Region can claim a location for their nation. The map is designed in such a way as to provide adequate land mass so that all nations both present and future can be accommodated. Before being released to the member nations this policy will be presented to the Cabinet for approval.

The image was captured on September 10, 2020 by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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