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Prince Edward Islands
Map of Prince Edward Islands
Orthographic projection centred on the Prince Edward Islands
Geography
Location Indian Ocean
Area 335 km2 (129 sq mi)
Highest elevation 1,242 m (4,075 ft)
Highest point Mascarin Peak
Administration
Demographics
Population 0 (Uninhabited – Permanent)
50 (Research Staff – Non-Permanent)
Designations
Designated: 24 January 1997
Reference #: 1688

The Prince Edward Islands are two small islands in the sub-antarctic Indian Ocean that are part of South Africa. The islands are named Marion Island (named after Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne) and Prince Edward Island (named after Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn).

The islands in the group have been declared Special Nature Reserves under the South African Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, No. 57 of 2003, and activities on the islands are therefore restricted to research and conservation management. Further protection was granted when the area was declared a marine protected area in 2013. The only human inhabitants of the islands are the staff of a meteorological and biological research station run by the South African National Antarctic Programme on Marion Island.

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