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Mozambique Channel

News: The Tropical cyclone recently intensified over the Mozambique Channel.

 An arm or a part of the Western Indian Ocean, it separates the southeast African countries of Madagascar and Mozambique. It is also surrounded by the southern part of Tanzania, and Comoros, an island nation, lies at the channel’s northern boundary.
 The Mozambique channel is 1600 km or 1000 miles long.
 As per studies, the Mozambique channel has the highest diversity of corals in the northern, western and central Indian Ocean. The channel and the east coast of Africa are the main habitats of the coelacanth which is a living fossil. Its analysis highlights the long oceanographic stability of the area.
 The Mozambique Channel shares its boundaries with 5 nations which are Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, Comoros and territories of France.
 France has many islands in the channel, including Banc du Geyser, Bassas da India, Mayotte and Europa island. Some of these islands are disputed and claimed by Madagascar.
 The Mozambique Channel has a strong and warm current that flows in the southern direction towards the Agulhas Current off the east coast of South Africa.

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