Bouvet Island is a candidate for the most remote island in the world; the nearest land is Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, over1,000 miles (1,600 km) away to the south, which is itself uninhabited. It is covered by glaciers which block the south and east coasts and has no ports or harbours, only offshore anchorages; consequently it is difficult to approach. The glaciers form a thick ice layer falling in high cliffs into the sea or onto the black beaches of volcanic sand. The coastline is often surrounded by an ice pack. The highest point on the island is called Olavtoppen, whose peak is 3,068 ft (935 m) above sea level. A lava shelf on the island's west coast, which appeared between 1955 and 1958, provides a nesting site for birds.
It offers a rich fauna of seabirds and seals near the coasts and can be approached on the southwest where the best opportunities to land are at Larsöya and Kapp Norvegia, which have some protection from the swell from the west. Bouvet Island was discovered in 1739, by Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier, who commanded the French ships Aigle and Marie. In 1825, two British sealing ships rediscovered the island, naming it Liverpool Island and taking possession for the British crown. Norway annexed the island in 1928, due to the country's interest in Antarctic whaling, and in 1971 Norway declared Bouvetoya a nature reserve.
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