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Kerguelens Land

Kerguelen's Land, or The Island op Desolation, lies in lat. 49° 54' S., long. 70° 12' E., in the Indian Ocean, deriving its name from the French navigator who discovered it about 1772. It has a length of 100 miles, with an extreme breadth of 50 miles, and is rocky and sterile, but contains coal of some value. The coast is deeply indented, Christmas Harbour affording safe anchorage.