AUGUST 2018

Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

Palau

Covering 100,200 ha with hundreds of mushroom-like islets in beautiful turquoise lagoons surrounded by coral reefs, Rock Islands Southern Lagoon is a complex reef system featuring over 385 coral species and sustaining a large diversity of plants, birds and marine life including dugong and at least thirteen shark species. The remains of stonework villages abandoned in the 17th and 18th centuries are silent testimony to the small island communities that once thrived for some three millennia and illustrate the consequences of climate change, population growth and a society living in a marginal marine environment.