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Chandeleur Islands

Source: Lighthouse;; The Advocate Online, 2001

The Chandeleurs are a chain of islands, including Breton Island, Grand Gosier Islands and Curlew Island, located roughly 96 km east of New Orleans and 48 km south of Biloxi, Mississippi. The Chandeleur Islands are the remnant of a former Mississippi River delta. The islands were discovered and named after religious celebration known as La Fete de la Chandeleur, or Candlemas Day in English, by the French who first settled there in the early 1700s. The outlines of the islands have been described as a crescent-shaped archipelago. The islands have three lighthouses, each standing as a giant candle at the northern end of the island chain. The Chandeleur Islands create a buffer zone between the Gulf and the mainland, protecting the New Orleans area from the wind and storm surge associated with hurricanes. Hurricane Georges in 1998 destroyed most of the island chain, but various projects are currently underway to help the islands heal themselves. Much of the island chain lies within the Breton National Wildlife Refuge in the Gulf of Mexico. The Chandeleur Islands are a key fish habitat.

Chandeleur Islands
Coordinates:   29.83° N   88.83° W

Nearest Largest City:   Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Selected Characteristics:
Length:   42.0 km

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Additional Information: - Chandeleur Islands - Chandeleur Islands
The Advocate Online - Project 'plugging' grass into Chandeleur Islands

Keywords:   Archipelago, Fish habitat, Lighthouse

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