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# 727: Re: Lanavaz : Belokopitsky-Medard replies
From: Belokopitsky-Médard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Do you know what is the structure in the upper right part of the island in the
2nd image <http://denali.gsfc.nasa.gov/navassa/site_visits/>? The lighthouse?
I understand that in September 1996, the Coast Guard ceased operations and
maintenance of Navassa Island Light, a 46-meter-tall lighthouse located on the
southern side of the island. Who constructed it (U.S. Coast Guard?) & how long
has it been there?
Has the island's flora / wildlife has been affected by the toxic waste washed
out from the beach in Gonaive?
Isn't it "convenient" now the island is described
<http://denali.gsfc.nasa.gov/navassa/> as being "... about 70 miles east of
Jamaica" ... Haiti is so much closer.
It's curious that until the July/August 1998 expeditions,
<http://www.nybg.org/bsci/hcol/navassa/> mentions only 2 explorations of the
islands: (Olaf Swartz (1784-1786) and Erik Ekman (1928) - both Swedes. Is
this just coincidental, or has Sweden had any particular relationship to this