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Bouvet Island

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Bouvet Island from the air
Bouvet Island from the north-east / NASA Earth Observatory, taken in 12 September 2008, public domain.

The most interesting thing about Bouvet Island is that it is extremely seldom visited and there is not too much known about it. It is geographically the most remote island in the world located 2,513 km from the nearest towns - suburbs of Cape Town.

Island is surrounded by steep cliffs, up to 335 m (500 m?) high.

93% of the island is covered with ice shield. There are several glaciers, like Posadowsky Glacier flowing towards the north and Christensen glacier to the south. As the ice reaches the rim of the island, it falls down on the narrow beach covered with black sand.

Island has been formed by volcano - caldera is named Wilhelm II Plateau (highest place - Olavtoppen - 780 m) and is 3.5 km wide. Last known eruption took place in the period between 1955 - 1958, when a new part of island formed in the north-western part. Fumarole was noticed in north-western corner of the island in 1964 and also now on Google Earth images there is seen something similar to sulphurous sediments in its site (although in the 1960s it was reported that fumarole does not form sediments). Intense fumarole was seen also further south.

Island is important feeding and breeding spot for seals, penguins and other seabirds. Some 75,000 Antarctic fur seals live here.

List of described attractions

Map of Bouvet Island

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