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Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean
Îles éparses de l'océan indien
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Location of the Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean:

• 1 : Bassas da India • 2 : Europa Island • 3 : Glorioso Islands • 4 : Juan de Nova Island • 5 : Tromelin Island

(KM : Comoros, MG : Madagascar, MU : Mauritius, MZ : Mozambique, RE : Réunion, YT : Mayotte)
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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 and an atoll in the Indian Ocean, and constitute 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, as well as the Bassas da India atoll, lie in the Mozambique Channel west of Madagascar, while the fourth island, Tromelin, lies about 220 miles 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.

The islands have been classified as nature reserves. Except for Bassas da India, they all support meteorological stations. The meteorological stations 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 1,000 metres. Mauritius, the Comoros, Seychelles, and Madagascar dispute France's sovereignty over the islands. Mauritius claims Tromelin; the Comoros and Seychelles claim the Glorioso Islands; the Comoros and Madagascar claim Banc du Geyser; and Madagascar claims[2] the remaining islands.



Atoll/Island Station
Coordinates Location
Banc du Geyser - N/A N/A N/A 12°21′S 46°26′E / 12.35°S 46.433°E / -12.35; 46.433 (Banc du Geyser) North Mozambique Channel
Glorioso Islands 11 5 29.6 48350 11°33′S 47°20′E / 11.55°S 47.333°E / -11.55; 47.333 (Glorioso Islands) North Mozambique Channel
Juan de Nova Island 14 4.4 (1) 61050 17°03′S 42°45′E / 17.05°S 42.75°E / -17.05; 42.75 (Juan de Nova) Central Mozambique Channel
Bassas da India - 0.2 79.8 123700 21°27′S 39°45′E / 21.45°S 39.75°E / -21.45; 39.75 (Bassas da India) South Mozambique Channel
Europa Island 12 28 9 127300 22°20′S 40°22′E / 22.333°S 40.367°E / -22.333; 40.367 (Europa Island) South Mozambique Channel
Tromelin Island 19 0.8 - 280000 15°53′S 54°31′E / 15.883°S 54.517°E / -15.883; 54.517 (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 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 in the western Indian Ocean. There is considerable overlap of the EEZ with the neighbouring states.

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