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Glorioso Islands

 

Glorioso Islands
Introduction Glorioso Islands
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Background: A French possession since 1892, the
Glorioso Islands are composed of two
lushly vegetated islands (Ile
Glorieuse and Ile du Lys) and three
rock islets. A military garrison
operates a weather and radio station
on Ile Glorieuse.

Geography Glorioso Islands
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Location: Southern Africa, group of islands in
the Indian Ocean, northwest of
Madagascar
Geographic coordinates: 11 30 S, 47 20 E
Map references: Africa
Area: total: 5 sq km
note: includes Ile Glorieuse, Ile du
Lys, Verte Rocks, Wreck Rock, and
South Rock
water: 0 sq km
land: 5 sq km
Area - comparative: about eight times the size of The
Mall in Washington, DC
Land boundaries: 0 km
Coastline: 35.2 km
Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
territorial sea: 12 NM
Climate: tropical
Terrain: low and flat
Elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed location 12 m
Natural resources: guano, coconuts
Land use: arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (all lush vegetation and
coconut palms) (1998 est.)
Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards: periodic cyclones
Environment - current issues: NA
Geography - note: the islands and rocks are surrounded
by an extensive reef system

People Glorioso Islands
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Population: no indigenous inhabitants
note: there is a small French
military garrison (July 2002 est.)
Population growth rate: NA

Government Glorioso Islands
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Country name: conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Glorioso
Islands
local short form: Iles Glorieuses
local long form: none
Dependency status: possession of France; administered
by a high commissioner of the
Republic, resident in Reunion
Legal system: the laws of France, where
applicable, apply
Diplomatic representation in the US: none (possession of France)
Diplomatic representation from the none (possession of France)
US:
Flag description: the flag of France is used

Economy Glorioso Islands
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Economy - overview: no economic activity

Communications Glorioso Islands
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Communications - note: 1 meteorological station

Transportation Glorioso Islands
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Waterways: none
Ports and harbors: none; offshore anchorage only
Airports: 1 (2001)
Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2001)

Military Glorioso Islands
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Military - note: defense is the responsibility of
France

Transnational Issues Glorioso Islands
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Disputes - international: claimed by Madagascar
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