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Motu – Glossary Definition

Motu – Glossary Definition

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Want the definition of motu? Learn the meaning of motu, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

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meaning of Motu One taken from ISS
An image of Motu One, also known as Bellinghausen, an atoll in the Leeward group of the Society Islands, taken from ISS. Image taken by NASA and in the Public Domain.

What is a Motu?

In geography, a motu is a type of small island that is a low bank or reef made of accumulated coral, gravel, or rock.

motu differs from a cay, which is usually predominantly made of sand.

More on Motus

Some of the most well-known motus include:

  • Motu Nao, Marquesas Islands
  • Motu Nui, near Easter Island
  • Motu Oa, Marquesas Islands
  • Motu One, Society Islands
  • Motu Paahi, French Polynesia

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