The Andaman Islands (अंडमान द्वीप) form an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal between India, to the west, and Myanmar, to the north and east. Most are part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Union Territory of India, while a small number in the north of the archipelago, including the Coco Islands, belong to Myanmar.The Andaman Islands are home to the only known paleolithic people, the Sentinelese people, who have had no contact with any other people.
The natural vegetation of the Andaman is tropical forest, with mangroves on the coast. The rain forests are similar in composition to those of the west coast of Burma. Most of the forests are evergreen, but there are areas of deciduous forest on North Andaman, Middle Andaman, Baratang and parts of South Andaman Island. The South Andaman forests have a profuse growth of epiphytic vegetation, mostly ferns and orchids. 270 Bird species are recorded out of which 20 species are endemic.
North Andaman Island is the northern island of Great Andaman of the Andaman Islands, with an area of 1376 km². The main town on the island is Diglipur. Known for its marine life, the island's main industries are rice and orange-growing.
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