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Motor One (Society Islands)
Motu One, also known as Bellinghausen, is an avatar in the Leeward Group of the Society Islands. It is 550 km to the north-west of Tahiti and 72 km to the north-east of its nearest neighbour, Manuae. The Motu One coastline surrounds a passless bay. With the exception of the south side, all its sides are lined with low, forested islets.
The name Motu One means sand island in Polynesia, i.e. a low-lying, sand island that cannot maintain a population. Bellinghausen or, more seldom, Bellingshausen was the name given to this little vessel by the Baltic-German seafarer in the name of Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen in the name of Otto von Kotzebue in the name of the family.
Not to be mistaken for Bellingshausen Island, part of the Southern Sandwich Islands, in the South West Atlantic. The Motu One Atoll is part of the administration of the Maupiti community, which is located in the Leeward Islands area.