Socotra Island

July 18th, 2010

Socotra Island might well be the most alien-looking place on Earth:

Imagine waking up on the Socotra Island and taking a good look around you […] After a yelp of disbelief, you'd be inclined to think you were transported to another planet – or traveled to another era of Earth's history.

The second would be closer to the truth for this island, which is part of a group of 4 islands, has been geographically isolated from mainland Africa for the last 6 or 7 million years. Like the Galapagos Islands, this island is teeming with 700 extremely rare species of flora and fauna, a full 1/3 of which are endemic, i.e. found nowhere else on Earth.


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