the Snaresinseln (English. The Snares or Snares Iceland) lies with 48° 01 ' south 166° 34 ' east and has a total area of 3,28 km ². They belong to the south island to New Zealand, are appropriate for about 200 km south and are since 1998 a component of the world nature inheritance.

The Inselgruppe consists of the west chain (Rima (44 m height), Wha (37 m), Toru (45 m), Rua (29 m), Tahi (33 m) and Vancouver skirt) and the northeast island (2.8 km ², maximally 130 m height) with its small neighbour islands Broughton (86 m) and Alert stack (40 m). The middle yearly temperature is with 11° C and the average amount of precipitation with 1200 mm.

The islands became by a coincidence to 23. November 1791 twice discovers, - independently - from captain George Vancouver on the ship Discovery and second lieutenant William Broughton on the ship Chatham.

Large quantities of sea-birds breed on the islands, under it the dark ones storm divers (Puffinus griseus) (about 3 million pairs) as well as the Buller Albatros (Diomedia bulleri or Thalassarche bulleri) and the Graurückenalbatrosse (Diomedia cauta salvini or Thalassarche cauta salvini), a subspecies of the Weisskappenalbatros (Thalassarche cauta).

The Snaresinselpinguin ( Eudyptes robustus) is endemic, the Snares Maorischnäpper (Petroica macrocephala dannefaerdi), the Snares fern riser (Bowdleria punctata caudata or Megalurus punctatus caudatus) as well as the Snares Schnepfe (Coenocorypha aucklandica huegeli), a subspecies of the Aucklandschnepfe.

The islands are part of the UNESCO Weltnaturerbes. In order to receive the singular Flora and fauna, the government of New Zealand forbade entering the islands.

The islands were called on English The Snares, because they represented a danger for the navigation (English.: snare = case).

coordinates: 48° 1 ′ 0 " S. Break, 166° 36 ′ 1 " o. L.


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