✧ British Indian Ocean Territory ✧

The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom situated in the Indian Ocean halfway between Tanzania and Indonesia. The territory comprises the seven atolls of the Chagos Archipelago with over 1,000 individual islands. Largest settlement: Camp Justice
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The brain coral Ctenella chagius is endemic to the reefs of the Chagos Archipelago

The brain coral Ctenella chagius is endemic to the reefs of the Chagos Archipelago

The Chagos Archipelago. (Atolls with areas of dry land are named in green)

The Chagos Archipelago. (Atolls with areas of dry land are named in green)

Salomon Atoll is one of the many above water features of the Chagos Archipelago

The British Indian Ocean territory of the Chagos islands is the UK's greatest area of marine biodiversity, home to at least 220 coral species and more than species of fish

Scientist recording coral species for ongoing monitoring work in the archipelago

Scientist recording coral species for ongoing monitoring work in the archipelago

Coconut crabs are the world's largest terrestrial arthropod and live in one of the most undisturbed populations in the Chagos Archipelago

Land Hermit Crabs and Coconut Crabs (the world’s largest) as Pets

Seabirds nesting on South Brother island in the Chagos Archipelago

Seabirds nesting on South Brother island in the Chagos Archipelago

The Chagos as Bassas de Chagas on 1794 Samuel Dunn map section

The Chagos as Bassas de Chagas on 1794 Samuel Dunn map section

The British Indian Ocean Territory prior to the Seychelles' independence in 1976. The land at bottom left is the northern tip of Madagascar. (Desroches is not labelled, but is a part of the Amirante Islands.)

The British Indian Ocean Territory prior to the Seychelles' independence in The land at bottom left is the northern tip of Madagascar. (Desroches is not labelled, but is a part of the Amirante Islands.

View of Diego Garcia, showing military base, British Indian Ocean Territory

“DIEGO GARCIA Military Base” More Secret than Guantanamo, Destroyed a Culture to be Built. Diego Garcia is an atoll located south of the equator in the central Indian Ocean. Diego Garcia is the largest of the 60 small islands comprising the Chagos.

British Diplomatic Cable signed by D.A. Greenhill, dated August 24, 1966, relating to the depopulation of the Chagos Archipelago stating "Unfortunately along with the birds go some few Tarzans or Men Fridays.", British Indian Ocean Territory

British Diplomatic Cable signed by D. Greenhill, dated August relating to the depopulation of the Chagos Archipelago stating "Unfortunately along with the birds go some few Tarzans or Men Fridays.

Location of British Indian Ocean Territory

British Indian Ocean Territory Coat of arms of the British Indian Ocean Territory British Indian Ocean Territory in United King.

A Chagossian, known as "Samson", photographed by a US National Geodetic Survey team in 1969

A Chagossian man 1971 - inhabitants of British Indian Ocean Territory the Chagossians were forcibly removed from the islands in 1973

The Chagos Archipelago is a hotspot of biodiversity in the Indian Ocean

The British Indian Ocean territory of the Chagos islands is the UK's greatest area of marine biodiversity, home to at least 220 coral species and more than species of fish

Map of the British Indian Ocean Territory since 1976

Map of the British Indian Ocean Territory since 1976

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