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The Strange Island of Socotra, Republic of Yemen

Socotra IslandSocotra is a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean.  It is part of the Republic of Yemen and has been described as the most strange-looking place on Earth. Its geological isolation and immense heat have contributed to its unique and endemic plant species never seen anywhere else.

The island was recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a world natural heritage site in July 2008. The European Union has supported such a move, calling on both UNESCO and International Organisation of Protecting Environment to classify the island archipelago among the environmental heritages.

Socotra Island Photo Gallery

 

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