Santa Luzia, Cape Verde

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Santa Luzia
Santa Luzia.svg
Terrain map of Santa Luzia
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Location Atlantic Ocean
Coordinates 16°45′41″N 24°44′38″W / 16.76139°N 24.74389°W / 16.76139; -24.74389Coordinates: 16°45′41″N 24°44′38″W / 16.76139°N 24.74389°W / 16.76139; -24.74389
Archipelago Cape Verde
Area 34.2 km2 (13.2 sq mi)
Length 12.4 km (7.71 mi)
Width 5.3 km (3.29 mi)
Highest elevation 395 m (1,296 ft)
Highest point Topona
Cape Verde
Concelhos (Municipalities) São Vicente
Population 0
Pop. density 0 /km2 (0 /sq mi)
Geographical features of the island
Santa Luzia Island (Cabo Verde), aerial view of the northern portion in 1999
View of the island of São Vicente facing Calhau and Monte Verde. On the left is the island of Santo Antão.

Santa Luzia is an island of the Barlavento archipelago in Cape Verde located between São Nicolau and São Vicente, the channel of Santa Luzia separates the island of São Vicente and is 8 km wide. The area is 34.2 km².[1] Like all Cape Verdean islands, it is of volcanic origin. The highest point is Topona (elevation 395 m (1,296 ft)).[2] Santa Luzia is 12.4 km long and 5.3 km wide.[3]

Administratively, it is a part of the municipality of São Vicente. Together with the islets of Ilhéu Branco and Ilhéu Raso, Santa Luzia is on the tentative list of UNESCO's World Heritage sites.[4] Santa Luzia, Ilhéu Branco and Ilhéu Raso were declared a protected area as Santa Luzia Nature Reserve (Reserva Natural Integral de Santa Luzia) in 1990.[5][6] In addition to the islands proper (43 km2 (17 sq mi)), the nature reserve covers 469 km2 (181 sq mi) of ocean.[1]

The island has never had permanent inhabitants, but it has been used for grazing animals.[7] In the 20th century, a meteorology station was built. Today, fishermen from the nearby islands of São Vicente and Santo Antão fish in the waters around the island. Conus santaluziensis is a species of sea snails found in the waters of Santa Luzia.[8]


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