As the librarian for the Miller Library at Hopkins Marine Station, I was offered the opportunity to help with a research project on the Palmyra Atoll. This is a ring of islands surrounding a lagoon located about 1,000 miles south of Hawaii, just north of the equator. There are less than 5 square miles of land, and the highest elevation is 6 feet. It averages about 175 inches of rain a year, and there is no rainy season.
Photo by Kydd Pollock.