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  Ascension Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Ascension Island (7.95°S, 14.37°W) is a dependency of St. Helena which lies some 800 miles to the southeast.
Ascension Island was first discovered, in 1501, by the Portuguese nobleman Juan da Nova on an expedition to India via the Cape of Good Hope.
Ascension was the main base for RAF operations in support of the Task Force headig south to the Falkland Islands.
www.britlink.org /ascension.htm   (2137 words)

 Ascension Island
Ascension was first discovered in 1501 by Juan da Nova Castella, but the discovery apparently went unrecorded, and the island was re-discovered on Ascension Day 1503 by Alfonso d'Albuquerque.
Ascension became strategically significant with the exile of Napoleon to St. Helena; the British were concerned that it could be used in any attempt to rescue Napoleon.
Ascension has a population of about 1,250 (mostly Saints) and is a communications centre (BBC and Cable and Wireless) in addition to the RAF and USAF presence.
geowww.ou.edu /~bweaver/Ascension   (545 words)

 Ascension Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ascension Island is an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, around 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from the coast of Africa.
Ascension is a dependency of Saint Helena, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
As the Governor resides in Jamestown, Saint Helena, an Administrator is appointed to represent the Governor on Ascension Island.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ascension_Island   (2268 words)

 Terrestrial Ecoregions -- Ascension scrub and grasslands (AT0703)
Ascension Island’s climate is subtropical with temperatures of 10-32° C. Rainfall is relatively low, with an annual mean of 709 mm, and showers occur throughout the year with slightly heavier rain January-April.
Ascension is also known for its green turtles (Chelonia mydas), which nest on the island’s beaches from January to May. Tagging studies of the turtles have shown that they "shuttle" back-and-forth between this remote island and their feeding grounds on the Brazilian coast, a distance of at least 2,300 km (Luschi et al.
Ascension is an isolated oceanic island, 1,200 km northwest of it nearest neighbor, St. Helena Island and 1,700 km from the nearest mainland in Africa.
worldwildlife.org /wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/at/at0703_full.html   (1701 words)

 Ascension - Wikitravel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Ascension Island [1] is an island in the Atlantic Ocean, just south of the equator, 700 miles northwest of Saint Helena, the United Kingdom territory by which it is administered.
The British garrisoned the island in 1815 to prevent a rescue of Napoleon from Saint Helena and it served as a provisioning station for the Royal Navy's West Africa Squadron on anti-slavery patrol.
In 1982, Ascension was an essential staging area for British forces during the Falklands War, and it remains a critical refueling point in the air-bridge from the UK to the South Atlantic.
wikitravel.org /en/Ascension_Island   (417 words)

 Ascension Island : About Ascension Island - Administrator's Office
This project, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with support from the Ascension Island Government and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, focused on the eradication of feral cats which predated on the nesting birds to a significant degree.
The MOD facility “The Ascension Island Base” – comes under the control of the Commander, British Forces in the South Atlantic who is based on the Falkland Islands.
Ascension Island Services (which was set up in 1984) was replaced in 2000 by the Ascension Island Government and a statutory body, the Ascension Island Works and Services Agency.
www.ascension-island.gov.ac /ascension.htm   (1461 words)

The oldest part of the island is considered to be the highest area to the South east rising to 2800 feet at Green Mountain, 2000ft at Weather Post and 1700ft at White Hill.
The general impression is that the island is a barren dusty and waterless wilderness where the temperature is generally in the eighties fahrenheit and rain is virtually unknown.
Ascension is famous for its Boatswain Birds, the Red-Billed (Phaethon aethereus) and the Yellow-Billed (Phaethon lepturus).
www.users.zetnet.co.uk /johnfirth/ascension.html   (938 words)

 Ascension Island
Ascension has an airstrip although there are no commercial flights to Ascension; RAF flights from Brize Norton to the Falklands stop at Ascension, and USAF flights from Patrick AFB (Florida) serve the US Base on the island.
Ascension used to be a "closed" island but tourist access has recently become available, although there are relatively few facilities for tourists or casual visitors.
Ascension can be briefly visited as a passenger on the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) St. Helena when it calls at the island.
ags.ou.edu /~bweaver/Ascension/ai.htm   (644 words)

 History of the Atlantic Cable & Submarine Telegraphy - Ascension Island
The 1999 Ascension Souvenir Sheet for the centenary of Cable and Wireless on Ascension shows a cable being landed at Long Beach which is a design error.
The Eastern Telegraph Company was to use Ascension as a relay station in its new undersea cable network running from Capetown to St Helena, Ascension St Vincent and on to England.
The ETC staff obtained their victuals from the Navy, but although they appeared on the island's books for food purposes, in all other respects they were private individuals, rather like the servicemen's wives and children.
www.atlantic-cable.com /CableCos/Ascension   (1791 words)

 Ascension island - History
As for every island and uninhabited territory, the history of Ascension is influenced by military and strategic interests.
In 1821, when Napoleon died, Ascension became a one-stop station for the provision of supplies and was used as quarantine grounds for crews with yellow fever.
The island remained under observation of the British Admiralty until 1922, year in which it was declared as dependency of St-Helena.
www.mysterra.org /webmag/ascension-island/history.html   (662 words)

 Ascension Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Ascension Island is a small volcanic island measuring about 35 square miles, situated in the South Atlantic (7 56’S, 14 22’W).
The island’s present use is chiefly as a location for international communication equipment and a military air base, the current population mainly comprising those involved in these activities and is approximately 1150.
Recordings of meteorological data for the island is patchy due to the changes in locations of the weather stations since the end of the last century.
www.scieng.ed.ac.uk /Students/Awards/weirfund/archiveprojects/Lucinda.html   (2026 words)

 Sankt Helen / Ascension Island
Ascension Island warmly welcomes members of the sailing community.
Permission will normally be given for a yacht to remain for any reasonable period and for the crew to come ashore between the hours of 7 am and 11 pm unless they have a special pass issued by the Police to stay ashore overnight.
This is a community project provided by the people of Ascension and we request that you keep the facilities clean and use the scarce water sparingly.
www.bluewater.de /ascension.htm   (364 words)

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Ascension is 35 miles square and is situated in the middle of the South Atlantic with St. Helena the nearest neighbor.
Ascension was first discovered by the Portuguese in 1501 and rediscovered two years later and named Ascension.
In 1943 there were 4000 servicemen stationed on the island but in 1947 they all departed the island, population diminished to 170.
www.steeragemarine.com /sailafrica/ascension.asp   (1101 words)

 Ground Truth: Ascension Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Situated approximately in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and over 700 miles from its nearest neighbour, Ascension Island was used extensively as a staging base during the Falklands War.
Ascension, lying some 1,120 km to the north-west of St Helena, is a rocky peak of volcanic origin with 44 distinct craters.
The island is governed by an Administrator who is responsible to the Governor of St Helena.
www.fas.org /irp/facility/ascension.htm   (400 words)

 UKOTCF: Ascension Island
Ascension Island lies in splendid isolation, just south of the equator, in the middle of the Atlantic.
The local voluntary conservation organisation is the Ascension Heritage Society.
The main threats to the island's conservation interests are twofold: public ignorance or disinterest in the value of Ascension’s biodiversity; and spread of introduced species, particularly mesquite thorn, cats and rats.
www.ukotcf.org /territories/ascension.htm   (320 words)

 Cayman Turtle Farm - Scientific Papers - The Green Sea Turtle Nesting on Ascension Island
The collection of eggs of Chelonia mydas from beaches on Ascension Island and elsewhere for hatching at the Mariculture Ltd farm on Grand Cayman was described in a previous paper (Simon, 1975).
Ascension Island lies in the Atlantic about 450 miles south of the equator midway between the mouth of the Zaire river in Africa and the eastern extremity of South America at Recife in Brazil.
The relation between clutch size and body size of turtles examined on Ascension Island is similar to that obtained on the much smaller number of females laying on the MCL beach on Grand Cayman Island in 1973.
www.turtle.ky /scientific/ascension-island.htm   (2506 words)

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The Ascension Seabird Restoration Project, assisted by the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) with £500,000 funding from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has been removing feral cats from Ascension Island since 2001.
The silence is seldom broken except for the ringing of church bells or the sounds of waves crashing onto the rocky coastline.
Ascension Island is the most important breeding place for seabirds in the tropical Atlantic.
www.lycos.com /info/ascension-island--miscellaneous.html   (446 words)

 Ascension Island: Office of The Administrator, Ascension Island
Ascension Island is located just south of the equator in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Ascension Island is a British Overseas Territory which, together with St Helena and Tristan da Cunha, forms a single territorial grouping under the sovereignty of the British Crown.
The Governor is represented on Ascension by the Administrator.
www.ascension-island.gov.ac   (115 words)

 DCP: 8 degrees south, 14 degrees west
There are about 40 cones of various magnitudes on the island, being extinct craters from many of which the courses of the lava streams may be traced on their way to the sea.
Ascension Island was discovered in 1501 by João de Nova Gallego, a Portuguese, who named it Concepcão.
Ascension Island is visited by the sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) between December and May. They migrate from Brazil to the tiny island, a distance of over 2,000 km.
confluence.org /confluence.php?lat=-8&lon=-14   (1662 words)

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It first came into British possession in 1815 when it was claimed in the name of King George III to prevent the French from using it as a base from which to recapture Napoleon who was in exile on St Helena.
Situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and over 700 miles from its nearest neighbour, Ascension Island was used extensively as a staging base during the Falklands War.
Endemic to Ascension Island in the South Atlantic, 93% of the population is concentrated in the South Gannet Hill, Mars Bay, Cross Hill and Round Hill areas (3).
www.lycos.com /info/ascension-island.html   (400 words)

 EO Newsroom: New Images - Ascension Island
The island has a long history as a communications hub for telephone and radio communications and as a base for satellite tracking stations, including a NASA station built in the 1960s that no longer operates.
Ascension Island is one of, if not the most important breeding grounds for seabirds in the tropical Atlantic Ocean.
The feral cats have decimated the bird populations, and in fact, are probably responsible for the extinction of two of the islands native land birds.
earthobservatory.nasa.gov /Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=13769   (308 words)

 Country Profiles Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Ascension was also a staging post for the transport of troops and equipment to and from the Falklands during the conflict in 1982 and the RAF continues to have a base there to support its regular flights to the Falklands.
Recognising that the fiscal regime was put in place before the people of Ascension Island had elected representation, the Ascension Island Government had lengthy and detailed negotiations with the commercial organisations and the military to ensure that no individual saw a reduction in take home pay after the introduction of income tax.
Ascension was pleased to host HRH The Princess Royal to the Island in November 2002.
www.fco.gov.uk /servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029394365&a=KCountryProfile&aid=1018890275113   (1119 words)

 Ascension Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Ascension Island is an island in the South Atlantic Ocean a dependency of Saint Helena.
In 1982 when Argentine forces invaded the Falklands Ascension Island essential to British forces in their efforts retake the islands from Argentina.
"Turtle Island" is a excellent little book that not only provides a brief history of Ascension Island, but also wonderfully portrays the author's experiences of life on that remote spot about which few know or care.
www.freeglossary.com /Ascension_Island   (383 words)

 The ZD8TC, Ascension Story
Ascension Island lies in the South Atlantic at 7.55' south, 14.15' west.
The island was discovered by the Portuguese navigator Joao da Nova Castella on Ascension Day 1501, but the island was not settled until the Royal Navy occupied it and built the first Permanent settlement in 1815.
In 1964 the administration of the island was delegated to an Administrator appointed by the Governor of St Helena.
www.uksmg.org /zd8tc.htm   (1958 words)

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