Crozet Islands

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Crozet Islands

 

a group of rocky volcanic islands in the southern Indian Ocean (46°S lat. and 50°–52°E long.), located on the underwater Crozet Plateau. The Crozet Islands belong to France. Area, more than 300 sq km. The largest island is He de la Possession (area, approximately 150 sq km). The islands are composed primarily of basalts; elevation reaches 954 m (He de la Possession). The Crozets were discovered in 1772 by the French expedition of N. Marion Dufresne and were named after an officer on one of the ships. The French founded Port Alfred scientific station on He de la Possession in 1962 to make systematic meteorological and geophysical observations.

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The expedition also visited South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands, the Prince Edward Islands and the Crozet Archipelago, traveling nearly 7,000 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean.
Dr Karine Delord of the French National Centre for Scientific Research and her colleagues Dr Yohan Charbonnier and Dr Jean-Baptiste Thiebot were studying the conservation of penguins, sooty albatrosses and giant petrels around Possession Island, one of five small islands that make up the Crozet archipelago in the southern Indian Ocean.
Most king penguins live on the Crozet Archipelago, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean, about 1,000 miles north of Antarctica.
Since 1999, implanted ID tags like those for dogs have let researchers monitor bird family life on the Crozet Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, Warmer water means less food.