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The Moonshine Archipelago is a group of active volcanic islands in the southeastern Ardentic Ocean. Starting with the Lunen Island in the north, they extend southeast through the Ingerish overseas territories of the Moonshine Islands and Wāhakea, to Aorangēa and its dependencies. Between the islands and Kartumian continent sits the Aorangēan Sea

Toponomy

The islands draw their name from ...

Geology

The archipelago forms an island arc system between the Ardentic Ocean and Aorangēan Sea.

The Moonshine Archipelago sits atop the Aorangēan Microplate. The interaction of this plate with the larger Ardentic Plate caused the formation of a volanic oceanic arc along the subduction zone. The islands of the archipelago are thought to have first formed about 40 million years ago, with the eruption of the Lunen Island volcano. The size and scale of the islands means that in about 30 million years, the islands will fuse with Kartumian continent leading to the permanent closure the Aorangēan Sea.

History

Explorers of the archipelago

Biodiversity

Plants such as the Southern red beech (Nothofagus rubus) are endemic to the Moonshine Archipelago.

The biodiversity of archipelago is formed by a unique and distinctive environment that has accumulated over many millions of years as lineages have evolved in the local circumstances. The islands are referenced as a biodiversity hotspot by the De Kotel Society.

Ecoregions

The islands are divided into the following ecoregions, each of whom contain distinct assemblages of natural communities and species:

  • 🌺 Ecoregion I: Far North
  • 🌿 Ecoregion II: Northern Slopes
  • 🌄 Ecoregion III: Central Plateau
  • 🏔 Ecoregion IV: Main Range
  • 🌦 Ecoregion V: Windward Coast
  • ☀ Ecoregion VI: Leeward Coast
  • 🌋 Ecoregion VII: Calen Islands
  • ...

List of Islands

From the northwest to the southeast, the islands of the archipelago are:

See also

References and notes

  1. /kʊk/ "cook", formerly /kk/