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Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Palau

The Rock Islands Southern Lagoon encompasses coral reefs, caves, 445 limestone islands and 52 marine lakes. This varied landscape has given rise to abundant marine diversity that includes many endemic species. Its stunning scenery is also an asset. In its report, IUCN notes that, "The maze of dome-shaped and green Rock Islands seemingly floating in the turquoise lagoon surrounded by coral reef is of exceptional aesthetic beauty."
Jacki Claiborne
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