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About 960 miles off the east coast of Africa is the archipelago known as the Republic of Seychelles. This island cluster in the Indian Ocean is closest to South Africa on the mainland. Seychelles is a multi-island country, famous for beautiful plants and endangered wildlife, blue waters, and white sand beaches, as well as coral atolls and fascinating rock structures made of granite. As a tourist destination, Seychelles is known for its ecological sanctuaries, two of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and a climate typical of a tropical rain forest.

About two-thirds of the 115 Seychelles islands are atolls, cays, and/or coral islands. The islands are made up of different compositions, with about one-third of them being granitic based. The population of Seychelles ...

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