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 Glorioso Islands
Airports 1 (2006)
Airports - with unpaved runways total: 1

914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2006)
Area total: 5 sq km

land: 5 sq km

water: 0 sq km

note: includes Ile Glorieuse, Ile du Lys, Verte Rocks, Wreck Rock, and South Rock
Area - comparative about eight times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC
Background 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.
Climate tropical
Coastline 35.2 km
Country name conventional long form: none

conventional short form: Glorioso Islands

local long form: none

local short form: Iles Glorieuses
Dependency status possession of France; administered by the Administrateur Superieur of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Disputes - international claimed by Madagascar
Economy - overview no economic activity
Elevation extremes lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m

highest point: unnamed location 12 m
Environment - current issues NA
Flag description the flag of France is used
Geographic coordinates 11 30 S, 47 20 E
Geography - note the islands and rocks are surrounded by an extensive reef system
Irrigated land 0 sq km
Land boundaries 0 km
Land use arable land: 0%

permanent crops: 0%

other: 100% (all lush vegetation and coconut palms) (2005)
Legal system the laws of France, where applicable, apply
Location Southern Africa, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, northwest of Madagascar
Map references Africa
Maritime claims territorial sea: 12 nm

exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Military - note defense is the responsibility of France
Natural hazards periodic cyclones
Natural resources guano, coconuts
Population no indigenous inhabitants

note: there is a small French military garrison along with a few meteorologists; visited by scientists (July 2006 est.)
Terrain low and flat
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