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Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean

Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean
Îles éparses de l'océan indien
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Maps of the Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean.
Anti-clockwise from top right: Tromelin Island, Glorioso Islands, Juan de Nova Island, Bassas da India, Europa Island.

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The Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean (French: Îles Éparses or Îles éparses de l'océan indien) consist of four small coral islands, an atoll, and a reef in the Indian Ocean, and have constituted the 5th district of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF) since February 2007.[1] They have no permanent population. Three of the islands — the Glorioso Islands, Juan de Nova, and Europa — and the Bassas da India atoll lie in the Mozambique Channel west of Madagascar, while the fourth island, Tromelin, lies about Script error: No such module "convert". east of Madagascar. Also in the Mozambique Channel is the Banc du Geyser, a reef which was annexed by Madagascar in 1976. France continues to view the Banc du Geyser as part of the Îles Éparses.[citation needed]

The islands have been classified as nature reserves. Except for Bassas da India, they all support meteorological stations: those on the Glorioso Islands, Juan de Nova, and Europa Island are automated. The station on Tromelin Island, in particular, provides warning of cyclones threatening Madagascar, Réunion, or Mauritius. Each of the islands, except Bassas da India and Banc du Geyser, has an airstrip of more than Script error: No such module "convert".. Mauritius, the Comoros, the Seychelles, and Madagascar dispute France's sovereignty over the islands. Mauritius and the Seychelles claim Tromelin;[2] the Comoros, Madagascar, and the Seychelles[2] claim the Glorioso Islands; the Comoros and Madagascar claim Banc du Geyser; and Madagascar claims the remaining islands.[3]


Atoll/Island Station
Coordinates Location
23x15px Banc du Geyser - N/A N/A N/A 21|S|46|26|E|region:FR-TF_type:isle name=Banc du Geyser

}} || North Mozambique Channel

23x15px Glorioso Islands 11 5 29.6 48350 33|S|47|20|E|region:FR-TF_type:isle name=Glorioso Islands

}} || North Mozambique Channel

23x15px Juan de Nova Island 14 4.4 (1) 61050 03|S|42|45|E|region:FR-TF_type:isle_ name=Juan de Nova

}} || Central Mozambique Channel

23x15px Bassas da India - 0.2 79.8 123700 27|S|39|45|E|region:FR-TF_type:isle_ name=Bassas da India

}} || South Mozambique Channel

23x15px Europa Island 12 28 9 127300 20|S|40|22|E|region:FR-TF_type:isle_ name=Europa Island

}} || South Mozambique Channel

23x15px Tromelin Island 19 0.8 - 280000 53|S|54|31|E|region:FR-TF_type:isle_ name=Tromelin Island

}} || Western Indian Ocean

Total 56 38.6 118.4 640400  

Individual islands


Since January 3, 2005, the Îles Éparses have been administered on behalf of the French state by the senior administrator of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAFles Terres Australes et Antartiques Françaises), based in Réunion. The Îles Éparses had previously been under the administration of the prefect of Réunion since the independence of Madagascar in 1960. France maintains a military garrison of around 14 troops on each of the islands in the Mozambique Channel that are claimed by Madagascar. The Glorioso Islands are also claimed by the Comoros, while Mauritius claims Tromelin Island.

France claims an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 200 nautical miles (370 km) around each of the small islands in the Îles Éparses, which together with the EEZ claims for the islands of Réunion and Mayotte totals more than one million square kilometres (400,000 sq mi) in the western Indian Ocean. There is considerable overlap of the EEZ with the neighbouring states.

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