Channel Islands, The

Channel Islands, The

 

a group of islands in the English Channel, near the western coast of the Cotentin peninsula. A possession of Great Britain. Area, 196 sq km. Population, 125,000 (1971, estimate).

The Channel Islands consist of two large islands, Jersey and Guernsey, and of a number of smaller islands. They are composed mainly of gneisses and granites, and their maximum elevation is 148 m. There are meadows and market gardens (mainly in greenhouses). The population engages in fishing for flounder and mackerel. Guernsey and Jersey cattle are raised on the islands. The main city is St. Helier, a large banking center located on Jersey.

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Newtel provides services between the Channel Islands, the United Kingdom and beyond via telecommunications capacity contained within the Channel Islands Electricity Grid.
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