French Southern and Antarctic Lands

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French Southern and Antarctic Lands,

overseas territory of France, including Adélie Land, which covers c.200,000 sq mi (520,000 sq km) in AntarcticaAntarctica
, the fifth largest continent, c.5,500,000 sq mi (14,245,000 sq km), asymmetrically centered on the South Pole and almost entirely within the Antarctic Circle. Geology and Geography

Antarctica consists of two major regions: W Antarctica (c.
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, and a number of islands in the S Indian Ocean. The largest of these is KerguelenKerguelen
, subantarctic island of volcanic origin, 1,318 sq mi (3,414 sq km), in the S Indian Ocean, c.3,300 mi (5,310 km) SE of the southern tip of Africa; largest of the 300 Kerguelen Islands (total area c.
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 (1,318 sq mi/3,414 sq km). One of 300 islands in the Kerguelen Archipelago, it is a base for research, seal hunting, and whaling. The Crozet Islands, to the west, and Saint Paul and Amsterdam islands, to the northeast, are also part of the territory, as are Europa IslandEuropa Island
, volcanic island, c.11 sq mi (28 sq km), between Madagascar and Mozambique in the Mozambique Channel, W Indian Ocean, part of the Scattered Islands district in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
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, Bassas da IndiaBassas da India
, uninhabited atoll, 0.1 sq mi (0.2 sq km), in the S Mozambique Channel, W Indian Ocean, about midway between Madagascar and Mozambique, part of the Scattered Islands district in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
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, Juan de Nova IslandJuan de Nova Island
, 1.7 sq mi (4.4 sq km), in the Mozambique Channel, Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and Mozambique. A possession of France administered by a high commissioner in Réunion, it is part of the Scattered Islands district within the French Southern and
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, the Glorioso IslandsGlorioso Islands
, Fr. Îles Glorieuses, island group, c.2 sq mi (5 sq km), in the Mozambique Channel, W Indian Ocean, 125 mi (200 km) WNW of N Madagascar, part of the Scattered Islands district within the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
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, and Tromelin IslandTromelin Island
, c.1 sq mi (2.6 sq km), in the Indian Ocean c.260 mi (420 km) E of Madagascar, part of the Scattered Islands district with the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
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, geographically unrelated islands near Madagascar that are administered as the Scattered Islands.
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