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Barren Island, Port Blair

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Barren island is a small island around 84 miles northeast of the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair and is at present the only confirmed active volcano in India and in South Asia. Man’s relentless quest to explore the outdoors has made Barren Island a tourist hotspot.

As the name suggests, the Barren island is barren, uninhabited by human beings and features only some variety of wildlife. While the species are few, they are as unique as they get. The Barren Island features a species of wild goat called Feral Goats, believed to have been left there by ancient sailors’ years ago. They have, since their existence, relied on salty sea water for their survival and astonishingly have managed to survive such tough living conditions. The island also features a species of bats called flying foxes and some rodent variants.

The last two eruptions occurred in ’94 and 2005 respectively, the latter is believed to have been an aftereffect of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

 

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