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Tubuai Islands:see Austral IslandsAustral Islands
, volcanic island group (2002 pop. 6,386), South Pacific, part of French Polynesia. They are sometimes known as the Tubuai Islands. The group comprises seven islands, plus islets, with a total land area of c.115 sq mi (300 sq km). Tubuai, the largest island (c.
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(Austral Islands), a group of five islands in the Pacific Ocean, in French Polynesia. Area, 174 sq km. Population, 5,000 (1971). The islands of Tubuai, Rimatara, Rurutu, and Raevavae (also Raivavae, Vavitu) are of volcanic origin. They are hilly, with elevations to 435 m on Raevavae, and surrounded by coral reefs. Maria Island is a low-lying coral island. The climate is tropical and humid, with trade winds. There are coffee, vanilla, and coconut plantations on the islands. The principal city is Mataura. The Tubuai Islands were discovered by J. Cook in 1777.