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    Natural Resources

    by Ekahau Updated Sep 2, 2006

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    The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for administering the Island’s strict environmental policies. Over 40% of Tristan’s territory is a declared nature reserve and Gough Island is a World Heritage Site.

    If you go to the site below you will see a really cute baby penquin in the hands of the enviromental officer James Glass -- so cute.

    Northern Rockhopper Penguin
    Eudyptes crestatus moseleyi

    Northern Rockhopper Penguin Radio station
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    Building a new port

    by Ekahau Updated Sep 2, 2006

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    In 1821, a soldier from Kelso Scotland a fellow know as Corporal William Glass, took his wife and children to Tristan da Cunha, a volcanic Island about 2000 miles west of Cape Town South Africa, to establish another settlement. The Glass name is still prevalent among the 300-strong community.

    Port of Edinburgh the Preist Gardens Hospital Harbor
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    Edinburgh of the Seven Seas

    by Ekahau Updated Sep 2, 2006

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    You can see the Village of The only village, Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, it has a school, small hospital a grocery store, post office, radio station, café, video shop, swimming pool, and a police station with a one officer.

    Edinburgh of the Seven Seas Death on the Island blessing with a  preist visit School play Capital School play
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    Get to know the people

    by Ekahau Updated Sep 2, 2006

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    The 300 or so folks who live on Tristan have the following last names

    lWilliam Glass, 1816, from Scotland.
    Thomas Swain, 1826, from England.
    Peter Green, 1836, from Holland.
    Thomas Rogers, 1836, from the USA.
    Andrew Hagan, 1849, from the USA.
    Andrea Repetto, 1892, from Italy.
    Gaetano Lavarello, 1892, from Italy.

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    Tristan's Gough Island

    by Ekahau Updated Sep 2, 2006

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    Gough Island is about 240 miles (360 km) South and a little East of Tristan da Cunha. It has a South African weather station on it because it sits right in the way of the winds coming from the Deep South. Gough is very wet with 100 to 150 inches of rain a year. the island is 6.9 miles long by 3.6 miles wide. When view from a distance it has a very impressive volcanic origin, rising to over 3,300 ft.

    The Portuguese sailor Goncalo Alvarez spotted the place around 1600 and it was named Diego Alvarez. But you guessed it a British sailor Gough in 1731 spotted it again and not knowing it was already named called it Gough and the name stuck with ethe American and British whalers.

    Gough Island part of Tristan da Cunha

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    Birding

    by Ekahau Updated Sep 2, 2006

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    Birding for the Rockhopper Penguin or Wandering albatross or Tristan albatross. – Tristan Albatross probably has 6000-7000 individuals They breed Every two years - because it takes a year to complete the breeding cycle. They incubate their single egg for 11 weeks and the take a further 40 weeks to fledge their chick, which is dependent upon the parents for food over this entire period. The chick perishes if either parent is lost at sea to longlines because a single parent cannot collect enough food. Egg laying - December to February; Hatching - March to April; Fledging - November to February. One very small population is now stable after a period of decline

    Other Birds Breeding Seabirds
    Rockhopper Penguin - subspecies moseleyi
    Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (27,000-40,000 breeding pairs including Gough Is.)
    Sooty Albatross
    Kerguelen Petrel
    Great-winged Petrel (subspecies macroptera)
    Atlantic Petrel - few hundred pairs
    Soft-plumaged Petrel (subspecies mollis)
    Broad-billed Prion (subspecies vittata)
    Spectacled Petrel
    Grey Petrel
    Great Shearwater
    Little Shearwater (subspecies elegans)
    Grey-backed Storm-petrel
    White-faced Storm-petrel (nominate subspecies marina)
    Black-bellied Storm-petrel (subspecies melanoleuca)
    White-bellied Strom-petrel (subspecies leucogaster)
    Common Diving Petrel (subspecies dacunhae)
    Antarctic tern

    new intenet dish Potato patch the Tristan group of Island sat photo ny NASA

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    Town of Edinburgh

    by Ekahau Updated Sep 1, 2006

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    Being isolated and devoid of all living organisms at its volcanic origin, the evolving flora and fauna of the island hold a special interest for scientists and visitors. The Tristan Government is keenly aware of the need to live in balance with its environment because the economy of the community is dependent on sustainable harvests of lobster and fish.

    Town of Edinburgh from the top
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    Tristan Photos Longboat Glass House

    by Ekahau Updated Sep 1, 2006

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    Tristan da Cunha, rising to over 2000m above sea level, is miles from anywhere in the South Atlantic Ocean. With its neighbouring islands of Nightingale and Inaccessible, and Gough Island, 300km to the SE, it warrants a mention in the Guinness Book of Records as the most isolated inhabited island in the world, being over 1,900km from St Helena and 2,400 west of Cape Town

    The Village of Edinburgh Longboat Glass House Tristan Tristan

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    Birds the reason to come here

    by Ekahau Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Birding for the Rockhopper Penguin or Wandering albatross or Tristan albatross. – Tristan Albatross probably has 6000-7000 individuals They breed Every two years - because it takes a year to complete the breeding cycle. They incubate their single egg for 11 weeks and the take a further 40 weeks to fledge their chick, which is dependent upon the parents for food over this entire period. The chick perishes if either parent is lost at sea to longlines because a single parent cannot collect enough food. Egg laying - December to February; Hatching - March to April; Fledging - November to February. One very small population is now stable after a period of decline

    Other Birds Breeding Seabirds
    Rockhopper Penguin - subspecies moseleyi
    Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (27,000-40,000 breeding pairs including Gough Is.)
    Sooty Albatross
    Kerguelen Petrel
    Great-winged Petrel (subspecies macroptera)
    Atlantic Petrel - few hundred pairs
    Soft-plumaged Petrel (subspecies mollis)
    Broad-billed Prion (subspecies vittata)
    Spectacled Petrel
    Grey Petrel
    Great Shearwater
    Little Shearwater (subspecies elegans)
    Grey-backed Storm-petrel
    White-faced Storm-petrel (nominate subspecies marina)
    Black-bellied Storm-petrel (subspecies melanoleuca)
    White-bellied Strom-petrel (subspecies leucogaster)
    Common Diving Petrel (subspecies dacunhae)
    Antarctic tern

    Rockhopper Penguin
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    Landing at Tristan

    by Ekahau Updated Sep 2, 2006

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    In 1961 Tristan da Cunha was evacuated all about 300 people due to a violent volcanic eruption. The move to the UK in large part but all but two went home to there small part of the world

    Landing at Tristan lava flow at the edge of the photo lava flow from 1961 view of village and lava flow
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    Island View

    by Ekahau Updated Sep 2, 2006

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    Only the island of Tristan da Cunha itself is inhabited. At the start of the millennium, the population (which has never exceeded 300 throughout the previous 184 years of occupation) totalled 284.

    Island View
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