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NASA photo of Farquhar Atoll
|Area||7.99 km2 (3.08 sq mi)|
The atoll is located at. It is the most southerly part of the Seychelles.
The atoll was discovered in 1501 by the Portuguese navigator, João da Nova. From 1965 to the independence of the Seychelles in 1976, they were a part of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The atoll is named for Robert Townsend Farquhar (1776-1830), the first British Governor of Mauritius.
The total area of the atoll, including the large lagoon, is 170.5 square kilometres (65.8 sq mi). The land area is 7.5 square kilometres (2.9 sq mi).
Farquhar Atoll is notable for its high sand dunes, some of which reach to over 10 metres (33 ft) in height.
Farquhar Atoll islands
The main group of islands form a long curve which describes the eastern side of the atoll. Largest of these are Ile du Nord and Ile du Sud, with the smaller Manaha islands between them. Farther south is Goelettes.
To the open western side of the atoll lies the small group known as Trois Îles.
- The atoll consists of
- Île du Nord
- Île du Sud
- Manaha Îles
- Manaha Nord
- Manaha Milieu
- Manaha Sud
- Trois Îles
- Île de Milieu
- Bancs de Sable
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- Kevin Shillington, Albert Rene: The Father of Modern Seychelles, a Biography (2014), p. 18.
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