Kiribati Islands, Pacific Ocean

The tiny islands that make up the island nation of Kiribati are scattered over five million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean. Located on the Equator southeast of Hawaii, the 33 islands of Kiribati are coral atolls surrounded by extensive coral reefs. It is the reefs, not the land, that make the islands visible in this image, acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( MODIS ) on NASAs Aqua satellite on December 20, 2003. The white shells that form the reef reflect light back to the satellite. Through the shallow ocean water, the reflected light is a vibrant turquoise.
Source: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Kiribati

The islands of Kiribati as seen by SeaWiFS. The islands lie astride the equator just to the west of the dateline.
Source: Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

Kiribati Island Wake Effects

In this SeaWiFS image you can see wake effects around the islands of Kiribati in both the clouds and in the features which may be sunglint or aerosols or something in the water.
Source: Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE