PHOTOS: "Pristine" Reefs Part of Planned Marine Reserve

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A masked boobie attends to a nestling on Palmyra Atoll--an island in the central Pacific that's home to large seabird colonies--in an undated photo.

Palymra Atoll and nearby islands are currently under consideration for expanded protection by President Bush, who announced a proposal for a new marine reserve on August 25, 2008.

The total area of all of the territories being considered for protection is more than 890,000 square miles (2.3 million square kilometers).
—Photograph by Randy Olson/NGS
 
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