PHOTOS: "Pristine" Reefs Part of Planned Marine Reserve

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Lurking beneath the waters of the lush Palmyra Atoll in the central Pacific is a rich coral ecosystem teeming with fish and other wildlife, seen here in an undated photo.

Under President Bush's new proposal, announced on August 25, 2008, Palmyra Atoll and its neighboring islands could be protected out to a distance of 200 nautical miles (230 miles/370 kilometers) as part of a the world's largest marine reserve.

"Nothing is pristine, but if you ever want to use the world, this is the place to use it," said Doug Rader, an ocean scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund.
—Photograph by Randy Olson/NGS
 
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