Assomption is a high limestone island 700 miles south of Mahe and 17 miles south of Aldabra. The island is 7 miles long by 2 1/2 miles wide, covering 4 1/2 square miles. It was home to a huge bird colony until a guano mine opened in 1840 which destroyed the vegetation. The originally abundant green sea turtle population was heavily exploited; only a remnant population survives. Assomption has a landing strip which is the closest access to Aldabra.

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