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Kerguelen Islands, France

From series “15 Sparsely Populated Places for Solitude with Wildlife”
In the southern part of the Indian Ocean has placed the Kerguelen Archipelago. It is a perfect place for fans of escape leisure and walk in picturesque places. The archipelago consists from 300 islands and rocky formation. The main island has the same name as the archipelago – Kerguelen Island. Its area is about 6 675 square meters. There is not a permanent population, regularly the researchers visit this island and sometimes tourists come here. The researchers come here in order to explore the nature. The major island inhabitants are seals and penguins and some rare seabirds.

Kerguelen Islands, France The islands have quite strong winds – 200 meters per second. Thereby there is not a lot of large plants, for these islands bushes and rare herbs are more common. The most unusual inhabitants of islands are rabbits and home cats. They have appeared here with people for about several years ago. Now they get used to new life conditions and their population has grown.

In 2000 on Kerguelen Islands it was a usual thing to meet people, on the main island they breed sheep. However, animals contaminate on endemic plants and island soil, that’s why the sheep walk was forbidden. At the beginning of the 20th century on the island was a whale-oil factory ship. Some elements of it we can see till nowadays. The island has about 70 researchers at ones. In the middle of the 20th century there was built a huge Meteorological Watch Office and a colony for workers. Next - Alеrt

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