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Glorioso Islands

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Areatotal: 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
Populationno indigenous inhabitants
note: there is a small French military garrison along with a few meteorologists; visited by scientists (July 2002 est.)
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A French possession since 1892, the Glorioso Islands are composed of two lushly vegetated coral islands (Ile Glorieuse and Ile du Lys) and three rock islets. A military garrison operates a weather and radio station on Ile Glorieuse.


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Glorioso Islands

Geography

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Map of Glorioso Islands
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
Glorioso Islands

People

Population 
no indigenous inhabitants
note: there is a small French military garrison along with a few meteorologists; visited by scientists (July 2002 est.)
Glorioso Islands

Government

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 US 
none (possession of France)
Flag description 
the flag of France is used
Glorioso Islands

Economy

Economy - overview 
no economic activity
Glorioso Islands

Communications

Communications - note 
1 meteorological station
Glorioso Islands

Transportation

Waterways 
none
Ports and harbors 
none; offshore anchorage only
Airports 
1 (2001)
Airports - with unpaved runways 
total: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2002)
Glorioso Islands

Military

Military - note 
defense is the responsibility of France
Glorioso Islands

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international 
claimed by Madagascar

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