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Wonders of Bouvet Island

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

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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 (according to some sources – 500 m?) high.

93% of the island is covered with an 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 a volcano and the last known eruption took place in the period between 1955 – 1958 when a new part of the island formed in the north-western part. Fumarole was noticed in the north-western corner of the island in 1964. Intense fumarole was seen also further south.

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

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