Glorioso Islands


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Glorioso Islands

(glōr'ēō`sō, –zō), 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 LandsFrench Southern and Antarctic Lands,
overseas territory of France, including Adélie Land, which covers c.200,000 sq mi (520,000 sq km) in Antarctica, and a number of islands in the S Indian Ocean. The largest of these is Kerguelen (1,318 sq mi/3,414 sq km).
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. A French possession since 1892, they are comprised of two small vegetation-covered coral islands, Île Glorieuse and Île du Lys, and three rock islets. Île Glorieuse, the largest island, has a small French military garrison and a weather and radio station. The Gloriosos are also claimed by Madagascar.