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Socotra – One of the Most Alien-Looking Places on Earth

Socotra is an exotic “lost world” in the Indian Ocean, about 150 miles east of Horn of Africa. It is one of the most alien-looking places on earth, its contrasting landscapes ranging from sandy dunes to narrow coastal plains.

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Socotra Island measures 82 miles in length and 31 miles in width, and is known as the world’s tenth richest in endemic plant species, among which are the cucumber tree, a rare Socotran pomegranate, native aloes and the Dragon’s Blood Tree (Dracaena cinnabari) with is weird umbrella shape and red sap secretions.

 

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