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Line Islands, United States of America and Republic of Kiribati

Eleven islands make up the Line Islands chain; three are part of the United States Minor Outlying Islands, while the rest are part of the nation of Kiribati.

The Kiribati Line Islands are the world’s farthest forward time zone, welcoming a new day 14 hours before Greenwich Mean Time.

The International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean is necessary for marking where one day on Earth ends and a new one starts.

The Line Islands stretch for more than 2,350km across the central Pacific Ocean, making it one of the longest island chains in the world.

The northern Line Islands are known to be among the most pristine coral reefs in the world and are protected Pacific Islands Marine National Monuments.

Kingman Reef is home to some of the oldest deep water corals ever observed; some colonies of gold coral are estimated to be 5,000 years old.

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