Location: Southern Africa, island in the, indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, geographic coordinates: 21 06 S, 55.
Climate: tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation; cool and dry from May to November, hot and rainy from November to April.
Slave labourers were brought in from East Africa to work on plantations, and later Malays, Annamites, Chinese, and Malabar Indians were imported as indentured labourers.Temperatures tend to be cool for the tropics, especially at higher elevations, but in summer the lowlands are uncomfortably humid.Cumbal, nevado del Ruiz, cerro Machín, nevado del Tolima.Population: 743,981 (July 2002 est.Natural resources: fish, arable land, hydropower, land use: arable land:.2 permanent crops: 2 other:.8 (1998 est.).Land boundaries: 0 km, coastline: 207 km, maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: 200 NM territorial sea:.In the eastern part of the island is an area of more recent volcanism, and in the extreme east is the mountain Le Volcan, one of whose craters, Piton de la Fournaise, has been active several times since 1925.It was a French colony until 1946, when it became an overseas department of France.Sugar represents about 75 percent of Réunion's exports, and such sugar by-products as rum and molasses account for much of the rest.Today most of the population is of mixed descent ( Creole with African descent predominant.The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 cost the island its importance as a stopover on the East Indies trade route.An international airport is located near Saint-Denis.Rioting in February 1991 left 11 people dead, and in 1997 demonstrations were held against proposed civil service reforms.Its economy is based almost entirely on the export of sugar.An island in the Indian Ocean, E of Madagascar: an overseas department of France.Coming soon: *Pacific: Hawaii, Mariana Islands, southern/Western Pacific: Japan, New Zealand, Kermadec Islands, Philippines.
The Réunionese are full citizens of France, and classes in the département 's schools are conducted in French.
You can see all the webcams from the following region: Caribbean, central America Indian Ocean: Indonesia, Réunion Island North America: United States South America: Colombia, Ecuador, Chile It includes: mexico Popocatepetl Volcano Webcams Volcan de Colima Webcam (Currently Offline) montserrat Soufriere Hills Volcano martinique Pelee.The language in common use on the island is Creole ( creole languages French ( French language however, is the official language.Persistent social and economic unrest, fueled by the widening gap between the rich and the poor and by high rates of unemployment, periodically erupted into demonstrations and violence during the 1990s and 2000s.age structure: 0-14 years:.7 ( male 120,864; female 115,251) 15-64 years:.5 ( male 228,864; female 235,991) 65 putitas en tacos altos years and over:.8 ( male 17,459; female 25,552) (2002 est.) Population growth rate:.52 (2002 est.) Birth rate:.7 births/1,000 population (2002 est.) Death rate.The west-central area contains a mountain massif with three summits exceeding 9,000 feet (2,740 metres including the Piton des Neiges (10,069 feet).Réunion is almost elliptical in shape, about 40 miles (65 km) long and 30 miles (50 km) wide.Sugarcane has been the primary crop for more than a century, and in some years it accounts for 85 of exports.