Glorieuses 2009 - AF-011 | Clipperton DX Club - CDXC
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Glorieuses 2009
IOTA AF-011 - DIFO FR-004
September 14 to October 8, 2009

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  Another event by the Clipperton DX Club

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Gloriosos Islands (6873 octets)

IOTA : AF-011

Lat : 11° 34' 53" Sud
Long : 47° 17' 31" Est

Locator : LH38pk

Glorioso Archipelago :

The Glorioso Archipelago (7 km²) consists of two coral islands: Grande Glorieuse (3 km in its larger diameter) where the human installations are, and Ile du Lys (circular island, 600 metres in diameter) which is desert. The archipelago also includes two rock islets - Roches Vertes and l’Ile aux Crabes - as well as a sand bank more or less above water at high tide. At the East and North east of Grande Glorieuse are a series of dunes reaching a maximum elevation of 12 m. The islands and rocks are surrounded by a reef and a lagoon which is drained dry at low tide. The Glorioso islands are situated 220km North West of Diego Suarez (Madagascar). (Economic Exclusive Zone: 48 350 km²) 

The island became French territory in 1930. Around 1912, a French came from the Comoros and planted there a fine coconut palm plantation. Exploited until 1958 by people from the Seychelles, it is currently abandoned. There are also filaos. Fauna consists exclusively of a rather large colony of terns.

The meteorological service of the French colony in Madagascar installed on the island a rather primitive weather station in 1955, which was opened only during the hurricane season from October to April.

Since 1960 the station is open all year round. The importance of this station is clear. It predicts cyclones for the North Madagascar and Comoros area. It ensures safe navigation on the Madagascar-Djibouti-Madagascar and Kenya-Mauritius-Kenya air and maritime routes.

(minister for the french overseas Website)


Glorioso Archipelago photos by FR5ZU Jacques
Eparses Island by FR5ZU Jacques
Minister for the french overseas Website
Eparses Island by Gilles Boue
Les Nouvelles DX - QSL card Hamgallery on Glorioso Archipelago
Reunion Island Amateur Association


TAAF : Eparses Island
TAAF : Glorioso Archipelago

Météo-France Reunion Island

Solar X-rays:

Geomagnetic Field:

Click for Gloriosos Island, Reunion Island Forecast

Weather map's of South Indian Ocean:

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