Three Brothers, Chagos

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Seabirds nesting on South Brother island in the Three Brothers group

The Three Brothers are a group of three small coral islands 20 km East of Eagle Islands along the central western rim of the Great Chagos Bank, which is the world's largest coral atoll structure, located in the Chagos Archipelago.

Islands[edit]

The individual islands are, from north-west to south-east:

History[edit]

In 1975 during the Joint Services Expedition to Danger Island (JSDI). The expedition members were taken by RFA Resurgent to Eagle Islands and then by ketch and inflatable craft to Danger Island and then to Three Brothers. The expedition made a topographical survey of the coral reefs, an ecological survey of the corals on it and a study on the metabolism of the reef.[1] A reference collection of samples of the flora and fauna of the area was also undertaken.[2] Small, rocky, Resurgent Island emerged after the naming of the Three Brothers and was named after the RFA Resurgent which supported the 1975 Danger Island scientific research expedition to the area.

Since 1998 the islands are part of the Chagos Archipelago Strict Nature Reserve and it is forbidden to land on the islands or anchor a boat nearby. The islands have large populations of nesting seabirds.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baldwin, EA (ed.) (1975), A report on the Joint Services Expedition to Danger Island in the central Indian Ocean, December 1974 to April 1975 Ministry of Defence Publication, London
  2. ^ Chagos Islands coral collections
  3. ^ 6: British Indian Ocean Territory

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Coordinates: 06°09′S 71°31′E / 6.150°S 71.517°E / -6.150; 71.517 (Three Brothers)