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Aldabra Atoll
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Type of site: Natural
Date of Inscription: 1982
Location: Africa, Seychelles, Indian Ocean
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Description: The atoll is composed of four large coral islands that surround a shallow lagoon; the groups of islands in turn are encircled by a coral reef. Aldabra has been sheltered from human influence owing to the complexity of access and the atoll's isolation, and as a consequence it retains the world's largest population of giant tortoises, amounting to some 152,000. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Aldabra is a raised coral atoll in the Aldabra Group of islands in the Indian Ocean that form part of the Seychelles. The island is more than 700 miles from Mahé and is closer to the coast of Africa and Madagascar.Virtually untouched by humans, with distinctive island fauna, including the Aldabra Giant Tortoise, the island is designated a World Heritage Site. The atoll is home to the world's largest population of giant tortoises, numbering some 100,000 individuals.They are also known for their green turtles, hawksbill turtles, hammerhead sharks, mantarays, barracuda, and birds, including the Aldabra rail, the last surviving flightless bird of the Indian Ocean region. The Aldabra Group includes the island of Assumption and the atolls of Astove and Cosmoledo. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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