|Caution: While beautiful, this looks nothing like the island we seek in today's Challenge.|
I have to admit that I have an unusual hobby...
I collect islands. The more obscure, the more remote, the more unusual, the better.
I've been known to scour maps to find places that might have islands, and after a while, you get to see the patterns of islands--both along the coasts, and in the center of the sea.
That's how I can to find (but not yet visit, alas!) a rather obscure island in the Arabian Sea that has had a population for at least a million years, and is named not with an Arabic term, but with a name that's Indian in origin. Can you find it and answer a few questions about this remarkable place?
This island is known for its unusual plants and animals, many of which are endemic--that is, they occur no place else on earth.
1. Can you find the island? What's its name, and where exactly is it? Is it an independent country, or is it part of another country?
2. The history of this island is fascinating--at the crossroads of history, but often not really a part of it. Recently a cave was discovered on this island that has some rather old graffiti. What kind of graffiti is it? Can you find a picture of the inscriptions?
3. Why is there a military tank on the island? Who would bring such a thing there?
Let us know how you found the answers! My answers will come out on Friday.