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What is the Chagos Archipelago?

The Chagos Archipelago is made up of a collection of 58 tiny island and coral reefs surrounded by open sea. It is located in the central the Indian Ocean and is a British Overseas Territory known as the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).

The land area totals only about 40 km2 spread over 640,000 sq km of ocean, which is twice the size of the Britain. The largest island located in the far southeast of the archipelago and comprising of about half the land area is Diego Garcia.