Geography

Chagos Islands

The Chagos Archepelago

The Chagos Islands lie 1,000 miles east of the Seychelles in the central Indian Ocean. The archipelago is composed of 55, mainly tiny, coral islands set in a little under one hundred square miles of ocean. The largest island, Diego Garcia, has a US military base. The other 54 islands are uninhabited, and cover only 6 square miles in total. By virtue of its extreme isolation and because the vast majority of Chagos is uninhabited, the ecology of the territory is nearly pristine. Chagos represents a rare and iconic surviving example of nature as it should be. A place where human pressures do not conflict with environmental needs, which lead to degradation and impoverishment.