National Geographic : 1962 Jul
White-fringed wall of coral protects most of the island from the ceaseless blows of Pacific rollers. Small boats and canoes ply the smooth waters of the lagoon between reef and shore (foreground). Inner edge of the reef slopes gently to moderate depths. Fissured outer face tilts sharply into the cobalt of the deep sea. "Sky and sea immoderately blue, and the great breakers ... on a barrier-reef" ROBERTLOUIS STEVENSON Stevenson's "roaring coast, where the ring of the reef is broke and the trades run riot the most." Gaps in reef give ac cess to the lagoon. Planing over an oily sea off Moorea, a motor launch takes Nancy and Nicholas Rutgers, Jr., to fishing grounds off Ta hiti's northwestern shores. Saw tooth profile of Moorea pierces the horizon.