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Coordinates: 47°38′22″N 3°27′13″W / 47.6394°N 3.4536°W / 47.6394; -3.4536Coordinates: 47°38′22″N 3°27′13″W / 47.6394°N 3.4536°W / 47.6394; -3.4536{{#coordinates:47.6394|-3.4536|type:city(2275)_region:FR|||||| |primary |name= }}</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Country</th><td> France</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Region</th><td> Brittany</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Department</th><td> Morbihan</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Arrondissement</th><td> Lorient</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Canton</th><td> Groix</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Intercommunality</th><td> Pays de Lorient</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th colspan="2" style="text-align:center;text-align:left">Government</th></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Mayor (2008—2014) </th><td> Eric Regenermel</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Area1</th><td> 14.82 km2 (5.72 sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Population (1999)2</th><td> 2,275</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Density</th><td> 150/km2 (400/sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">INSEE/Postal code</th><td class="adr"> 56069 / 56590</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Elevation</th><td> Script error: No such module "convert".</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;text-align:left; font-size:smaller"> 1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.</td></tr></table>

Groix (French: Île de Groix, Breton: Enez Groe) is an island and a commune in the Morbihan department of the region of Brittany in north-western France.

Groix lies a few kilometres off the coast of Lorient. Several ferries a day run from Lorient to Groix.

There are a few small towns on the island. High cliffs are on its north coast and sandy beaches in secluded coves on the south coast. Groix is also home to a wide variety of sea birds.

The geology of Groix is distinct from that of the nearby continent, and the east and south coasts have been designated a mineral nature reserve since 1982.[citation needed] More than 60 minerals can be found on the island, particularly blue glaucophane (observable on the surface), epidote or garnet.[citation needed] The island mainly consists of schist.[citation needed]

Groix provides a dramatic backdrop for the fourth novel of Peter May's "Enzo" series, Freeze Frame, published in 2010.[1]

Demographics

Inhabitants of Groix are called Groisillons.

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Groix island.

See also

References

  1. ^ May, Peter. Freeze Frame. Poison Pen Press: Scottsdale, Ariz., 2010. ISBN 1590587081

Bibliography

  • "Gildas, the cabin boy from Groix" 2007 by the students of College Saint Tudy-ile de Groix-*[1]

External links

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Port Tudy, main harbor of Groix island
Port Tudy, main harbor of Groix island
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