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COMOROS consists of three volcanic islands in the Indian Ocean situated between mainland Africa and Madagascar. Physically, four islands make up the group, but the island of Mayotte remained a French dependency when the three western islands became a federal Islamic republic in 1975.
The islands are mostly forested, and the tropical climate is affected by Indian monsoon winds from the north. There is a wet season from November to April which is accompanied by cyclones.
Only small areas of the islands are cultivated, and most of this land belongs to foreign plantation owners. The chief product was formerly sugar cane, but now vanilla, copra, maize, cloves, and essential oils are the most important products. The forests provide timber for building, and there is a small fishing industry. The coelacanth, a primitive bony fish, previously thought to have been extinct for millions of years, was discovered living in the seas off Comoros.
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