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Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire
(Black River Peak
) is the highest mountain on the island of Mauritius
Mauritius , officially the Republic of Mauritius is an island nation off the southeast coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean, about east of Madagascar...
in the Indian Ocean
The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering approximately 20% of the water on the Earth's surface. It is bounded on the north by the Indian Subcontinent and Arabian Peninsula ; on the west by eastern Africa; on the east by Indochina, the Sunda Islands, and...
. Located in the Black River district and rising to a height of 828 m (2717 ft) above sea level, it forms part of the Black River mountain range.
There are two other main mountain ranges in Mauritius: Moka-Port Louis and Grand Port-Savanne.
The Moka-Port Louis range includes Pieter Both
Pieter Both is the second highest mountain of Mauritius. It is 820 metres tall. It is named after Pieter Both, the first Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. The notable feature of this mountain is the gigantic rock formation at the very top of it, which resembles a human head.To climb the...
(820 m) and Le Pouce (811 m) mountains, the second and third highest summits respectively. Both are more famous than Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire in the southwest.