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10 (almost) deserted islands

By: Josh Lew on May 23, 2014, 8:37 a.m.
Henderson Island

Photo: Angela K. Kepler/Wikimedia Commons

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Henderson Island

Located in the South Pacific, tiny Henderson Island is virtually uninhabitable by humans — it has steep sea cliffs and no fresh water source. What it does have, however, is a population of animal species that are not seen anywhere else on Earth. Four endemic bird species, a number of unique plant species and even unusual butterflies and snails call Henderson home. The island also has huge phosphate reserves that have never been touched. Henderson is one of the Pitcairn Islands, which were made famous by “Mutiny on the Bounty.”