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Bassas da India (2005)

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 Bassas da India
Area total: 0.2 sq km

land: 0.2 sq km

water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative about one-third the size of The Mall in Washington, DC
Background This atoll is a volcanic rock surrounded by reefs and is awash at high tide. A French possession since 1897, it was placed under the administration of a commissioner residing in Reunion in 1968.
Climate tropical
Coastline 35.2 km
Country name conventional long form: none

conventional short form: Bassas da India
Dependency status possession of France; administered by the Administrateur Superieur of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Disputes - international claimed by Madagascar
Economy - overview no economic activity
Elevation extremes lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m

highest point: unnamed location 2.4 m
Environment - current issues NA
Flag description the flag of France is used
Geographic coordinates 21 30 S, 39 50 E
Geography - note the islands emerge from a circular reef that sits atop a long-extinct, submerged volcano
Irrigated land 0 sq km (1998 est.)
Land boundaries 0 km
Land use arable land: 0%

permanent crops: 0%

other: 100% (all rock) (2001)
Legal system the laws of France, where applicable, apply
Location Southern Africa, islands in the southern Mozambique Channel, about one-half of the way from Madagascar to Mozambique
Map references Africa
Maritime claims territorial sea: 12 nm

exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Military - note defense is the responsibility of France
Natural hazards maritime hazard since it is usually under water during high tide and surrounded by reefs; subject to periodic cyclones
Natural resources none
Population uninhabited (July 2005 est.)
Ports and harbors none; offshore anchorage only
Terrain volcanic rock
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