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Introduction

The Glorioso Islands are a group of French islands and rocks totalling 5 square kilometres, at 11°33′S 47°20′ECoordinates: 11°33′S 47°20′E, in the northern Mozambique channel, about 160 kilometres northwest of Madagascar. The Glorieuses have an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 48,350 square kilometres.

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Geography

The archipelago consists of two islands, Grande Glorieuse and Île du Lys, as well as eight rock islets: Wreck Rock, South Rock and Verte Rocks and three others that are unnamed. They form part of a coral reef and lagoon. Grande Glorieuse is roughly circular and measures about 3 kilometres across. It is thickly vegetated, mainly by the remains of a coconut plantation and casuarina trees. Île du Lys, located at about about 8 kilometres northeast of Grande Glorieuse, is about 600 metres long and consists of sand dunes and scrub with some mangroves. It was formerly quarried for phosphate (guano).

The terrain is low and flat, varying from sea level to 12 metres. Île de Lys in particular is a nesting ground for migratory seabirds, and turtles lay eggs on the beaches.

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Weather

The climate is tropical, meaning high temperatures and humidity year-round.

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Getting There and Around

There are anchorages offshore, and Grande Glorieuse has a 1,300-metre long airstrip.

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