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Bassas da India (possession of France) Geography

    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

    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

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 35.2 km

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

    Climate: tropical

    Terrain: a volcanic rock 2.4 m high

    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%
    permanent pastures: 0%
    forests and woodland: 0%
    other: 100% (all rock)

    Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

    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

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: NA
    signed, but not ratified: NA

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