Viti Levu


Viti Levu
/vee"tee lev"ooh/
the largest of the Fiji Islands, in the S Pacific. 395,060; 4053 sq. mi. (10,497 sq. km). Cap.: Suva.

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Island (pop., including adjacent islands, 1996: 594,791), Fiji, South Pacific Ocean.

The country's largest island, it has an area of 4,011 sq mi (10,388 sq km). Suva, the Fijian capital, is situated on the island's southeastern coast. It was sighted by Capt. William Bligh in 1789. A central mountain range divides the island into wet and dry sections. Mount Tomanivi, the highest point in Fiji, rises 4,341 ft (1,323 m). Islanders grow sugar, pineapples, cotton, rice, and tobacco. There is a goldfield in the north-central part of the island.

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 largest island (4,026 square miles [10,429 square km]) of Fiji, west of the Koro Sea in the South Pacific Ocean. Its name means “Great Fiji.” Sighted (1789) by Capt. William Bligh of HMS Bounty, the island is split by a central mountain range with many inactive volcanoes. Tomanivi (formerly Mount Victoria), the highest point in Fiji, rises to 4,344 feet (1,324 metres). The mountain range divides the island climatically into a wet southeastern section (120 inches [3,050 mm] of rain annually) and a dry northwestern section (70–90 inches (1,800–2,300 mm).

  Suva, the Fijian capital, is situated on the island's southeastern coast and has an excellent harbour. Lautoka, on the northwestern coast, is a port for a sugarcane-growing region. Sugar, pineapples, rice, and tobacco are cultivated in the fertile valleys and deltas of the Navua, Rewa, and Sigatoka (Singatoka) rivers. A goldfield at Vatukoula, in the north-central part of the island, was first developed in the 1930s. Nadi (Nandi), in the west, has the country's main international airport, and an oil-fuel installation is at nearby Vunda Point. There is a smaller international airport northeast of Suva at Nausori. The population of the island comprises mostly Indians and Melanesians with concentrations of other ethnicities in the urban areas.
 

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Viti Levu —   [ viːtiː leːvuː], größte der Fidschiinseln, 10 388 km2, rd. 450 000 Einwohner; mit Suva, der Hauptstadt von Fidschi; vulkanischen Ursprungs, gebirgig (im Mount Victoria 1 323 m über dem Meeresspiegel); Anbau von Reis, Zuckerrohr, Bananen;… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Viti Levu — [vē′tē le′vo͞o] largest island of the Fiji Islands: 4,027 sq mi (10,430 sq km); chief city, Suva …   English World dictionary

  • Viti Levu — Infobox Islands name = Viti Levu image caption = Map of Viti Levu image size = locator map custom = no native name = native name link = nickname = location = Pacific Ocean coordinates = coord|17|48|S|178|0|E|display=inline archipelago = Viti Levu …   Wikipedia

  • Viti Levu — Mapa topográfico de Viti Levu. Viti Levu (Gran Fiyi), situada en las coordenadas 17°48′S …   Wikipedia Español

  • Viti Levu — /ˌviti ˈlɛvu/ (say .veetee levooh) noun the largest of the Fiji Islands, in the southern Pacific. 10 385 km2. Capital: Suva …   Australian English dictionary

  • Viti Levu — geographical name island SW Pacific, largest of the Fiji group area 4010 square miles (10,386 square kilometers) …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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