Marion & Prince Edward Island - Profile
- Discovered in March 1663, The Prince Edward Islands are situated in the heart of the roaring forties, some 1,770 km south east of Port Elizabeth, in the largely inhospitable Southern Ocean.
- The group is made up of Marion Island, the larger of the two, and Prince Edward Island only 19km to the north. Marion Island has mostly a cliff-faced coastline.
- Both these islands are owned by South Africa and are nature reserves where wildlife is protected. Tourism is not encouraged.
- Fur and elephant seals breed on the Prince Edward Islands, as do hundreds of thousands of penguins (kings, gentoos, rockhoppers, and macaronis), hundreds of thousands of petrels, and thousands of albatrosses.
- Approximately 12 people occupy the island at any one time. They are technicians ad scientists. There is an annual visit by a South African supply ship to replenish the island's food supplies and to replace the expedition members.
The weather is always severe. The tempestuous winds driving rain, hail and snow across the land. The average temperature has risen fron 5deg to 6deg, due to global warming. There is just an average of 3.5 hours of sunshine a day.
For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.
Marion Island 46°54'S 37°45'E
Prince Edward Island 46°38'S 37°57'E
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