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Socotra Island…”has been geographically isolated from mainland Africa for the last 6 or 7 million years. Like the Galapagos Islands, this island is teeming with 700 extremely rare species of flora and fauna, a full 1/3 of which are endemic, i.e. found nowhere else on Earth.

The climate is harsh, hot and dry, and yet – the most amazing plant life thrives there. Situated in the Indian Ocean 250 km from Somalia and 340 km from Yemen, the wide sandy beaches rise to limestone plateaus full of caves (some 7 kilometers in length) and mountains up to 1525 meters high.

The name Socotra is derived from a Sanscrit name, meaning ‘The Island of Bliss’.”

It is an indescribibly bizarre yet beautiful place and you can see many more inspiring pictures of it here.

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One Response to “Socotra Island”

  1. The galapagos islands Says:

    I am soon going to basic training for the marines, After my service i should have come to a conclusion an where i want to move my life. I currently reside in New Jersey, The Galapagos Islands seem nice for me because i do not smoke nor drink alcohol, I Seem to be happy living healthy!
    Yes, You sound sort of convincing but, What is there to do were i currently live? Go to bars, Get high with my friends in the city’s dump?

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