Laccadive Islands


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Laccadive Islands

 

a group of islands in the Arabian Sea, located to the west of the Malabar Coast of the Hindustan peninsula; part of India. The islands total an area of 28 sq km. They are coral atolls (elevation, 3–4.5 m) with lagoons. The climate is subequatorial and there is a monsoon season. Annual precipitation totals about 1,700 mm. The estimated population is 31,800 (1971). Exports include coconut fiber, copra, and tortoise shell. The population engages in fishing and hunting sea animals. [14–351–3; updated]

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She was captained by Robert Moresby, who had gained experience from having surveyed the Laccadive Islands. The second vessel was the Benares, under the captaincy of Thomas Elwon.
Generally, rounding Cape Comorin in either direction required an intimate knowledge of geographical and weather conditions; the dangers hidden below the surface of the sea were tremendous - nearly as many as in the case of the Maldive and Laccadive Islands. These island groups together with the Gulf of Mannar thus made the entire region around south India appear as a natural dividing line between the western and the eastern half of the Indian Ocean.