Midway Island is an atoll with a coral reef roughly 6 miles in diameter that encloses a shallow lagoon containing several islands. The two principal islands are named Sand Island and Easter Island. The atoll is about 1300 statute miles west and a bit north of Hawaii. The "official" location is Latitude 28º 12' N, Longitude 177º 22' W.
Sand Island is about 2¼ miles by 1¼ mile and Eastern Island is about 1¼ mile by ¾ mile. Both islands are flat and sandy and about 12 feet elevation above mean sea level. Sand Island has been inhabited on an off since the early 1900's and contains considerable imported vegetation which includes many big trees.
Midway was a Naval and Air Force base and is now a
wildlife sanctuary. When I was there (1965-67) almost
everybody lived on Sand Island and only a few lived on
Eastern Island. Some, like me, lived on Sand and worked
on Eastern and got to take a nice little boat ride to and
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