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The uninhabited small island of Ilhas Desertas (local name Deserta Grande) is part of (the island group) Desertas Islands and is located in the country of Portugal, Southern Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 622 km. The nearest (main) land is Marocco and is not the country to which the island belongs. The surface-area of the island is 10.3 km2 and is therefore 0.027 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Atlantic Ocean and the total coastal length is about 27.1 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 12 km by 2 km (maximum width). The island is North - South oriented. The highest point is 442 meter. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 32.53 (32°31'43.5864), -16.51 (-16°30'53.9748).


It is located in the administrative unit Autonomous Region Madeira (local administrative level-name Região Autónoma), in the municipality Santa Cruz (local administrative level-name Concelho). Direct neighboring islands of Ilhas Desertas are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Ilhas Desertas Located 7.5 km North of the island.
2) Ilhas Desertas Located 10.3 km South of the island.
3) Madeira Located 51.6 km NorthWest of the island.





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