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    Bassas da India Geography - 2002

      Location Southern Africa, islands in the southern Mozambique Channel, about one-half of the way from Madagascar to Mozambique

      Geographic coordinates 21 30 S, 39 50 E

      Map references Africa

      total: 0.2 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 0.2 sq km

      Area - comparative about one-third the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 35.2 km

      Maritime claims
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM

      Climate tropical

      Terrain volcanic rock

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: unnamed location 2.4 m

      Natural resources none

      Land use
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 100% (all rock) (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land 0 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards maritime hazard since it is usually under water during high tide and surrounded by reefs; subject to periodic cyclones

      Environment - current issues NA

      Geography - note the islands emerge from a circular reef that sits atop a long-extinct, submerged volcano

      NOTE: The information regarding Bassas da India on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Bassas da India Geography 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Bassas da India Geography 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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