Silhouette Island

Silhouette Island

Silhouette is an island in the Seychelles in the archipelago around Mahé. Silhouette is 20 square kilometers, the third largest island of the inner Seychelles and is located northwest of Mahe. About five kilometers north of the island is the small island of North Iceland. Unlike suggests the geographical location, the island belongs administratively to the district of La Digue and Inner Islands, becoming managed by the island of La Digue. Geologically different silhouette and North Iceland from the other islands of the inner Seychelles. Both consist of approximately 63 million year old volcanic syenite, while the granite of Mahe and Praslin is about 650 million years old. Montplaisir, the highest mountain on the island, is 752 meters high, Mont Dauban 740 meters. In two villages about 150 inhabitants. Main settlement is La Passe on the northeast coast, the five-star resort Labriz is located at the northern end with 105 houses. The second village is Grand Barbe on the southwest coast. Silhouette has no roads and is generally relatively little developed. For this, nature has been preserved relatively well in their original condition. Biologists keep the island for one of the main types Vielfalts areas in the Indian Ocean. On the island is a breeding center for the force to be extinct until the early 1990s Seychelles giant tortoises Dipsochelys hololissa and Dipsochelys hololissa. Meanwhile, there are about 150 juveniles. The island takes its name from Étienne de Silhouette, the French finance minister at the time of King Louis XV. was.

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