Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gough Islands

This is the last card sent by Emerich, an hard-to-get unesco from UK, Gough Island, an Unesco World Heritage Site since 1995.

"Gough Island, also known historically as Gonçalo Álvares or 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 Helana, 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.

The first recorded discovery of Gough Island was in 1505 or 1506 by the Portuguese seaman Gonçalo Álvares.
Charles Gough rediscovered the island in 1731, thinking it was a new find. It has since been named for him.
Gough and Inaccessible Island are a protected wildlife reserve, which has been designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It has been described as one of the least disrupted ecosystems of its kind and one of the best shelters for nesting seabirds in the Atlantic." - in: wikipedia

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