Corals Flourish at ''Nuked'' Atoll

Corals Flourish at ''Nuked'' Atoll
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The sheltered lagoon and shoreline of Bikini Island in the Pacific Ocean can be seen in this undated aerial photograph.

After a series of U.S. bombs destroyed the region half a century ago, marine life has blossomed once again, with thick forests of coral populating the reefs.

Because of Bikini's "undisturbed character" and "incredible history," efforts are underway to put the Northern Marshall Islands' atolls on the UN World Heritage list.

(See a map of the Marshall Islands.)

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