Similar to Malden, in its continuous land and salty inland lakes. The island is named after Valentine Starbuck, who first spotted the island in 1823 from his British whaling ship. It was annexed by Britain in 1866 and mining for guano began shortly thereafter, continuing for the next 50 years. In 1979 Starbuck became part of independent Kiribati. The island is barren and uninhabited, but home to breeding populations of millions of sooty terns, among other seabirds. (Encyclopedia Britannica). Photo credit: Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center (Digital File Number: ISS013-E-7103)