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Fernando de Noronha

(fərnän`do͝o dĭ no͝orô`nyə), group of 21 islands, c.10 sq mi (26 sq km), in the Atlantic Ocean, c.225 mi (360 km) off the northeast coast of Brazil. A federal territory of Brazil from 1942 to 1988, when it was reannexed to the state of PernambucoPernambuco
, state (1991 pop. 7,127,855), 37,946 sq mi (98,280 sq km), NE Brazil, on the Atlantic Ocean. The capital is Recife (also called Pernambuco).
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, it is administered as a state district and is the site of a national maritime park. The islands have been the site of a military base and a penal colony. The main resources on the islands are guano and salt deposits. Tourism is the mainstay of the economy. The islands, discovered in 1503, were the first hereditary captaincy granted in Brazil by the Portuguese crown. A U.S. missile-tracking base was there from 1957 to 1962.

Fernando de Noronha

 

a federal territory in Brazil, in the Fernando de Noronha archipelago. Area, 26 sq km. Population, 1,200 (1970). Vila dos Remedios is the capital. The population engages in land cultivation, stock raising, and fishing.


Fernando de Noronha

 

an island in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of South America (3°50′ S lat., 32°25′ W long.). Area, about 18 sq km. Together with other islands, including Rata, it forms the Brazilian federal territory of Fernando de Noronha, which has an area of 26 sq km and a population of 1,200 (1970). The island is of volcanic origin. In the southeast there is a collapsed volcanic cone with a height of 321 m. The climate is subequatorial and hot, with an annual precipitation of up to 1,300 mm. Droughts occur in the spring and summer. Dry and thin forests cover the island. Vila dos Remédios, a port, is the only urban settlement.

Fernando de Noronha

a volcanic island in the S Atlantic northeast of Cape S?o Roque: constitutes a federal territory of Brazil; a penal colony since the 18th century; inhabited by military personnel. Area: 26 sq. km (10 sq. miles)
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The species composition was only partially available for Fernando de Noronha Island and Rio Grande do Norte State.
Aircraft from the Brazilian Air Force, while covering a 10,000km search area, have seen "scattered patches" of oil stretching across a distance of about 5km, some 700km northeast of the Fernando de Noronha islands. Jun 2, 2009
A structural support piece of the jet, about 8ft (2.5m) long was pulled from the Atlantic Ocean some 340 miles (550km) north-east of the Fernando de Noronha islands, off Brazil's northern coast.
But there's been no confirmation yet that any of that debris spotted 340 miles (550 kilometers) northeast of Brazil's northern Fernando de Noronha islands has been recovered or identified as from the Air France flight 447, which disappeared on Sunday night with 228 passengers aboard.
The search was being run f rom the Fernando de Noronha islands off Brazil's north-east coast but officials said the plane could have been close to Africa by the time contact with it was lost.
Colonel Henry Munhoz, a spokesman for Brazil's air force, said eight more bodies were found on Monday about 650km northeast of the Fernando de Noronha islands off Brazil's northern coast.
The wreckage and the bodies were found about 400 miles north east of the Fernando de Noronha islands off Brazil's northern coast.
Admiral Edison Lawrence said the bodies were being transported to the Fernando de Noronha islands for identification.
Air France Flight 447 emitted its last signals roughly 400 miles (640 kilometres) north-east of the Fernando de Noronha islands.
The latest find brings the tally to six after the bodies of two men were found on Friday near where the jet is believed to have crashed, about 400 miles (640km) northeast of the Fernando de Noronha islands off Brazil's northern coast.
A structural support piece of the jet, about 8ft (2.5m) long, was pulled from the Atlantic Ocean some 340 miles (550km) north-east of the Fernando de Noronha islands, off Brazil's northern coast.
0233 BST, Monday: Last radar contact, the jet had just passed the Fernando de Noronha islands, about 217 miles off the coast of Brazil.