Gough and Inaccessible Islands, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 28)


Gough and Inaccessible Islands are part of a volcanic chain in the South Atlantic Ocean, on the east slope of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, presenting spectacular seacliffs. Inaccessible Island is part of the Tristan da Cunha-Gough Island group and is located 350 km north-northwest of Gough Island. The two islands are largely pristine and are one of the few temperate oceanic islands free of introduced mammals, as well as one of the world’s largest colonies of sea birds. Gough Island has been described as the most important seabird colony in the world. It has never been permanently populated, and the only inhabitants are the scientists working at the meteorological station. Inaccessible Island has been uninhabited except for a 2-year farming settlement 1936–1938.


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  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
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  1. 1.Federal University of Ceará StateFortalezaBrazil

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