Henderson Island
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Mumu
S 24° 22.200 W 128° 19.800
9J E 567951 N 7304644
Quick Description: This island in the Pacific Ocean has been designated a World Heritage Site. It is one the few places in the world with its ecology virtually unaltered by man which permits the study of the dynamics of insular evolution and natural selection. Henderson is particularly notable for ten plants and four land birds, endemic to the island.
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/22/2006 1:25:28 PM
Waymark Code: WMD8X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tervas
Views: 21

Long Description:
Henderson Island was sighted by European voyagers in 1606. Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, a Portuguese navigator sailing for the Spanish King, discovered the island on January 29, 1606, naming it "San Juan Bautista". Years later in 1819, Henderson Island was sighted by the HMS Hercules, and was named for its Captain. It was then sighted by the American ship Elizabeth and was called Elizabeth Island in early accounts.

With its nearest neighbor being Pitcairn Island, Henderson is a long way from anything else.
Type: Natural

Reference number: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/487

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