12 Facts About Andaman Islands


Andaman Islands are home to the Andamanese, a group of indigenous people that includes a number of tribes, including the Jarawa and Sentinelese.

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Andaman Islands used the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as a strategic naval base to launch an expedition against the Sriwijaya Empire.

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On 26 December 2004, the coast of the Andaman Islands was devastated by a 10-metre-high tsunami following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which is the longest recorded earthquake, lasting for between 500 and 600 seconds.

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Andaman Islands Archipelago is an oceanic continuation of the Burmese Arakan Yoma range in the North and of the Indonesian Archipelago in the South.

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North Andaman Island is 285 kilometres south of Burma, although a few smaller Burmese islands are closer, including the three Coco Islands.

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The South Andaman Islands forests have a profuse growth of epiphytic vegetation, mostly ferns and orchids.

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Andaman Islands forests are largely unspoiled, despite logging and the demands of the fast-growing population driven by immigration from the Indian mainland.

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Indian Scientists Discover New 'Mermaid' Plant Species in Andaman Islands's Archipelago - Scientists have named the plant species, which is a green algae, as Acetabularia jalakanyakae.

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Andaman Islands forests contain 200 or more timber producing species of trees, out of which about 30 varieties are considered to be commercial.

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Andaman Islands are home to a number of animals, many of them endemic.

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Interview Island in Middle Andaman Islands holds a population of feral elephants, which were brought in for forest work by a timber company and released when the company went bankrupt.

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Andaman Islands are prominently featured in Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes 1890 mystery The Sign of the Four.

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