Baureke passage

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From GoogleEarth. Taken 2007 / © 2009.

The Bauareke passage is a small inlet into the lagoon, roughly bisecting the lee side of the island. Storm surges may occasionally scour the inlet and deepen it or cause sand to accumulate in it, allowing water to flow through only at high tides. It is not much of a barrier to transit on foot under most conditions; the water is seldom over knee-deep. Under ordinary circumstances it is the only connection between the ocean and the lagoon other than the larger Tatiman Passage near the island's northwest end, so when it becomes blocked, the lagoon has no outflow point and tends to become murky.

Baureke Passage seen from the lagoon looking toward the ocean, 2003.