Geography of North Point

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A physical map of North Point, showing major landmasses and water features

Physical geography

Beach and lagoon on Lansdowne Island

North Point is an archipelago of islands formed along the subduction zone between the Crataean and Veridian tectonic plates. Geologists have determined that North Point was formed around 40 million years ago as the Earth's crust moved over a hotspot situated on the fault line.

The largest island, Grand Island, has a mountainous interior which gradually turns into hilly piedmont and then into vast coastal plains nearer the ocean. The western-most islands (Lauderdale Island, Westlands Island, and Dalton Island) are characterized by high volcanic ridges that run their entire length, at times reaching 6,000 feet in elevation. Human settlement on these islands has historically been limited to the coast due to the difficulty of building further inland. The majority of North Point's smaller islands were formed entirely by ancient coral deposits. North Point is a prominent vacation destination because of its beaches and sightseeing opportunities.

The submerged Great North Point Ridge extends approximately 500 kilometers north of the islands. This series of reefs, shoals, and banks poses a significant navigational hazard, and many hundreds of ships have been wrecked along its length. The northern edge of the ridge has been marked by a lightship, light tower, and buoy since 1801. Mostly coral deposits, the reefs and submerged atolls are a popular diving attraction and support a highly diverse collection of sea life, some of which may be endemic to the region.

Timezone and tide

North Point occupies the HMT (UTC + 3) timezone.

Climate

Biota

Mountainous interior of Westlands Island

Flora

Fauna

Natural resources

Land use