from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- The eastern group of the Marshall Islands in the western Pacific Ocean. The chain comprises 2 coral islands and 14 atolls, including Majuro.
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The Marshalls extend over a 700-mi (1,130-km) area and comprise two major groups: the Ratak Chain in the east, and the Ralik Chain in the west, with a total of 34 atolls, c. 900 reefs, and a land area of 70 sq mi (181 sq km).
Ratak Chain (island Marshall Islands 9 00 N 171 00 E group)