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British Indian Ocean Territory (overseas territory of the UK) Geography

    Location: Southern Asia, archipelago in the Indian Ocean, about one-half the way from Africa to Indonesia

    Geographic coordinates: 6 00 S, 71 30 E

    Map references: World

    Area:
    total: 60 sq km
    land: 60 sq km
    water: 0 sq km
    note: includes the entire Chagos Archipelago

    Area—comparative: about 0.3 times the size of Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 698 km

    Maritime claims:
    exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
    territorial sea: 3 nm

    Climate: tropical marine; hot, humid, moderated by trade winds

    Terrain: flat and low (up to four meters in elevation)

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
    highest point: unnamed location on Diego Garcia 15 m

    Natural resources: coconuts, fish

    Land use:
    arable land: 0%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 0%
    forests and woodland: NA%
    other: NA%

    Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

    Natural hazards: NA

    Environment—current issues: NA

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

    Geography—note: archipelago of 2,300 islands; Diego Garcia, largest and southernmost island, occupies strategic location in central Indian Ocean; island is site of joint US-UK military facility

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