Petite Terre Islands

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Petite Terre is also the name of the smaller island of Mayotte.
Petite Terre Islands appear about 10 km (6.2 mi) to the south-east of the island of Grande-Terre.
Petite Terre Lighthouse
Phare de Petite Terre.jpg
Petite Terre Lighthouse in 2010
Petite Terre Islands is located in Guadeloupe
Petite Terre Islands
LocationPetite Terre
Coordinates16°10′14.4″N 61°06′33.5″W / 16.170667°N 61.109306°W / 16.170667; -61.109306
Year first constructed1840
Constructionbrick tower
Tower shapecylibdrical tower with balcony and lantern atop a 1-storey keeper’s house
Markings / patternunpainted tower, green lantern
Tower height33 metres (108 ft)
Focal height26 metres (85 ft)
Light sourcesolar power
Range15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)
CharacteristicFl (3) W 12s.
Admiralty numberJ5730
NGA number14832
ARLHS numberGUA-006[1][2]

Petite Terre Islands (French: Îles de la Petite Terre, literally "Islands of the Small Land") are two small uninhabited islands located about 10 km (6.2 mi) to the south-east of the island of Grande-Terre (Guadeloupe), in the Lesser Antilles. These two islands are named Petite Terre ("Small Land") in contrast with the much larger Grande-Terre ("Large Land") island.

Petite Terre is made up of two islands: Terre de Bas island to the southwest and the smaller Terre de Haut island to the northeast. Their combined land area is 1.68 km² (168 hectares).[3] Terre de Bas island (literally "Low Land" island or "Down Land" island) is so named because it is downwind compared to Terre de Haut island ("Upper Land" island) to its northeast which first meets the trade winds blowing from the north-east in the Caribbean.

Administratively, the Petite Terre Islands are dependent of the commune (municipality) of La Désirade. The two islands and 842 hectares (2,081 acres) of sea around them were declared a nature reserve, the National Nature Reserve of Îles de la Petite-Terre.[3]

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  1. ^ Petite Terre The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 30 August 2016
  2. ^ List of Lights, Buoys and Fog Signals Atlantic Coast. Retrieved 30 August 2016
  3. ^ a b (in French) "Îles de la Petite Terre". Les réserves naturelles de France - les réserves. Réserves naturelles de France. Retrieved 2010-09-09.

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Coordinates: 16°10′15″N 61°6′55″W / 16.17083°N 61.11528°W / 16.17083; -61.11528