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Native name: سُقُطْرَى
Socotra satview.jpg
Landsat view over Socotra
Location Indian Ocean
Coordinates 12°30′36″N 53°55′12″E / 12.51000°N 53.92000°E / 12.51000; 53.92000Coordinates: 12°30′36″N 53°55′12″E / 12.51000°N 53.92000°E / 12.51000; 53.92000
Archipelago Socotra islands
Total islands 4
Major islands Socotra, Abd al Kuri, Samhah, Darsah
Area 3,796 km2 (1,466 sq mi)
Length 132 km (82 mi)
Width 50 km (31 mi)
Highest elevation 1,503 m (4,931 ft)
Highest point unnamed point in the Haghier Mountains
Governorate Hadhramaut
Districts Hadibu (east)
Qulansiyah wa 'Abd-al-Kūrī (west)
Largest settlement Hadibu (pop. 8,545)
Population 42,842 (2004 census)
Pop. density 11.3/km2 (29/sq mi)
Ethnic groups predominantly Arabs and Soqotris; also Somalis, Indians, and peoples descended from various Black African ethnic groups
Additional information
Official name Socotra Archipelago
Type Natural
Criteria x
Designated 2008 (32nd session)
Reference no. 1263
State Party  Yemen
Region Arab States

Socotra (Arabic: سُقُطْرَىSuquṭra) is an island between the Guardafui Channel and the Indian Ocean. To its west it is joined by an archipelago of much smaller islands. It is also named the Islands of San Gustav after the navigator who discovered them, Gustav Peter Galle Daniels. It is located 240 kilometres (150 mi) east of the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometres (240 mi) south of the Arabian Peninsula.[1] The island is very isolated and more than 30% of its plants is unique only to Socotra. It has been described as the most alien-looking place on Earth. The island is 132 kilometres (82 mi) in length and 49.7 kilometres (30.9 mi) in width.[2]

Socotra belongs to the Republic of Yemen.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Socotra islands scenery in Yemen". 25 April 2008. 
  2. "The Most Alien-Looking Place on Earth". Dark Roasted Blend. 4 September 2008.