Gough and Inaccessible Island

Inacessible island and Gough are volcanic islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, part of the Tristan da Cunha volcanic group. They are protected wildlife reserves belonging to the United Kingdom and designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

author:Peter Balwin

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The responsibility of protecting these edifices of nature, these isolated parts of the earth is a priority.

Gough Island is uninhabited except of a weather station of 6 people and sometimes a few biologists.

It counts as one of the least disrupted ecosystems of this kind. It is an outstanding shelter for Atlantic nesting seabirds. And contains almost the entire world population of the Tristan Albatross and the Atlantic Petrel. Other endangered species to be encountered here are Gough Island Moorhen and the Gough Bunting.

Inaccessible Island is an extinct volcano, a mist enshrouded island with sheer sea cliffs, cold vegetation and a beautiful waterfall. Discovered in 1652, it is the site for dramatic past shipwrecks, scientific expeditions and a pure, unaltered and undisrupted ecosystem. The island is home to the worlds' smallest flightless bird, the Inaccessible Island Rail, as well as to other species such as the wandering albatross, rock hopper penguin, Tristan thrush and Antarctic tern.

Southern Elephant seals and Subantarctic Fur seals have been observed on Inaccessible Island, as well as whales in the surrounding waters. The rough antarctic climate does not favour reptiles, amphibians or butterflies to lsive on the island. 48 invertebrate species, 64 native plant species and ferns thrive in this silent and frigid atmosphere.

A visit to this far off corner of the earth enhances the comprehension of nature, the connection between man and earth. Aside from sheer cliffs and a beautiful sunset, this frigid place creates a setting where every man becomes a scientist and acquires congruence with the frequency of this planet, our home planet.



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