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Introduction

Banc du Geyser is a mostly submerged reef in the Mozambique Channel's northeastern part, 125 kilometres northeast from Mayotte, 112 kilometres southwest of the Glorioso Islands, and 200 kilometres off the northwestern coast of Madagascar.

The reef is claimed by France, Madagascar and the Comoros alike. From the French point of view, it is part of their Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean; Madagascar announced its annexation in 1976, presumably because of the possibility of oil fields in the vicinity. The Comoros claim the Banc du Geyser as part of its exclusive economic zone. About 20 kilometres southwest of Banc du Geyser is Zélée Bank, a deep submarine feature.

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Geography

The Banc is a dangerous oval-shaped reef 8 kilometres long and 5 kilometres wide that becomes exposed only at low tides, with the exception of some rock formations in the southern part of the reef. The rocks are generally 1.5 to 3 metres in height; the largest is South Rock, with a height of 8 metres, similar to a boat under sail. In the eastern part of the reef there are some sandy cays, 1 to 3 metres in height covered with grass and small bushes. The entrance into the central lagoon is possible from a south-southeastern direction. There is an abundance of sea birds, and the cays are covered in tons of guano.

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