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This entry in the original Factbook for the year 2005 was last updated by the CIA on 2 May, 2006.
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.
Economic Overview: no economic activity
|Location:||Southern Africa, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, northwest of Madagascar|
|Geographic coordinates:||11 30 S, 47 20 E|
|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|
|Land boundaries:||0 km|
|Maritime claims:||Territorial sea: 12 nm exclusive economic zone: 200 nm|
|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) (2005)|
|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|
|Population:||No indigenous inhabitants note: there is a small French military garrison along with a few meteorologists; visited by scientists (July 2006 est.)|
|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|
|Legal system:||The laws of France, where applicable, apply|
|Flag description:||The flag of France is used|
|Communications - note:||1 meteorological station|
|Airports - with unpaved runways:||Total: 1 914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2005)|
|Ports and terminals:||None; offshore anchorage only|
|Military - note:||Defense is the responsibility of France|
|Disputes - international:||Claimed by Madagascar|
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