Northern Maalhosmadulu Atoll
or Raa Atoll
is an administrative division
from the Maldives
. The capital is Ungoofaaru
. It includes Northern Maalhosmadulu Atoll proper and the island of Alifushi.
1. Alifushi and Etthingili
(Powell Islands in the Admiralty Chart
) stand on a detached reef of their own with very deep waters (no sounding) between this faru
and the northern end of the main atoll.
2. Northern Maalhosmadulu Atoll is in length from N to S, and across at its broadest part. Its western fringe is composed of a series of round or oval reefs (farus)
irregularly placed (a feature peculiar to all the larger Northern Atolls). The centre is heavily dotted with coral patches (giri
), some submerged and some awash. The concentration of giri
is especially dense towards its SW quarter, close to Kandholhudhu Island (where there is the place most crowded with small reefs and shoals in the whole Maldives), but its narrower northern end is quite clear of reefs. The general depths of the lagoon are from .
The capital of Northern Maalhosmadulu Atoll is Ungoofaaru
. Recently, the island has been reclaimed up to the edge of the reef in order to provide land for social and economic activities for the growing population.NOTE: Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu, Shaviyani, Noonu, Raa, Baa, Kaafu, etc. are code letters assigned to the present administrative divisions of the Maldives. They are not the proper names of the natural atolls that make up these divisions. Some atolls are divided into two......