Îles Crozet 45°
95' to 46°50'S, 50°33' to 52°58'E
The 20 small mountainous islands of Crozet are a French territory and
are uninhabited except for scientific personnel and penguins.
Home to seals, King Penguins and other birds, Crozet is designated a
national conservation area by France. The mostly barren island is subject
to low temperatures and long winters. The island climate is mitigated
somewhat by maritime influences. The inland plateaus are barren
and rocky. Steep cliffs drop to sealevel on the coasts.
- Two island groups (Occidental; Île
aux Cochons with Îlots des Apôtres and Île des
Pingouins. Oriental; Île de la Possession and Île de
l'Est), of volcanic origin, about 100 km apart in the Indian Ocean.
- Area: 325 km².
- Highest elevation: 1090 m (Pic Marion-Dufresne,
Île de l'Est).
- Sighted and first landing 1772,
sealers arrived 1804.
- Permanent occupation (scientific
station) from 1963 (previously sealers wintered).
- French territory, part of Terres
Australes et Antarctiques Francaises
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