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Seychelles – magnificent archipelago of 115 islands

Baku, June 23, AZERTAC

Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands nearly 1,000 miles off Africa`s east coast. The islands are the epitome of postcard perfect: Stately palm trees sway above pristine white beaches and brilliant turquoise water.

Most of the islands are granite, according to One Earth Philanthropy, a non-profit environmental group, although several islands are also coral atolls. The Aldabra Group of islands includes Aldabra Island, which is the world's second-largest raised coral atoll and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to the endemic Aldabra giant tortoise, which like the Galapagos giant tortoise, is an example of island gigantism, an evolutionary process whereby certain island-dwelling animals grow to very large sizes.

Seychelles is a major tourist destination with numerous nature preserves and marine parks.

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