Gough Island

Gough Island /ˈɡɒf/, also known historically as Gonçalo Álvares (after the Portuguese explorer) or mistakenly as Diego Alvarez, is a volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is a dependency of Tristan da Cunha and part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. It is uninhabited except for the personnel of a weather station (usually six people) which the South African National Antarctic Programme has maintained continually on the island since 1956. It is one of the most remote places with a constant human presence.

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South African Weather Service - Data Acquisition - Weather Stations
... Africa operates a significant number of weather stations in South Africa as well as stations at Gough Island, Marion Island and Antarctica in. 369 26°15′S 28°9′E / 26.250°S 28.150°E / -26.250 28.150 (Germiston) Gough Island 906 FAGE 40°21′S 9°53′W / 40.350°S 9.883°W ...
Gough Moorhen
... The Gough Moorhen, Gallinula comeri, is a medium-sized, almost flightless bird that is similar to the Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), but is smaller, stockier, and has shorter wings ... This bird is found only on two remote islands in the South Atlantic ... The Gough Moorhen was originally endemic to Gough Island, but was introduced to Tristan da Cunha in 1956 ...
Tristan Da Cunha - Environment - Geography
... Tristan da Cunha is the main island of the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, which consists of the following islands Tristan da Cunha, the main island and largest, area 98 square kilometres (37.8 sq mi), (37°6′44″S 12 ... The main island is quite mountainous the only flat area is the location of the capital, Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, on the northwest coast ... The other islands of the group are uninhabited, except for the weather station on Gough Island, which has been operated by South Africa since 1956 (since 1963 at its ...
Sooty Albatross - Conservation
... The 21st century has seen stable populations at Gough Island ... affected by longline fisheries, but instead by domestic cats eating eggs and chicks on Amsterdam Island and the Kerguelen Islands ... It is a protected species on the Tristan da Cunha group, Gough Island is a World Heritage Site, and Prince Edward Island, Gough Island, and Inaccessible Island in the Tristan da Cunha group are protected ...

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