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Ashmore and Cartier Islands


    • Affiliation:
      (territory of Australia)

    • Location:
      Southeastern Asia, islands in the Indian Ocean, northwest of Australia

    • Map references:
      Southeast Asia

    • Area:

        total area:
        5 sq km

        land area:
        5 sq km

        comparative area:
        about 8.5 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

        note:
        includes Ashmore Reef (West, Middle, and East Islets) and Cartier Island

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      74.1 km

    • Maritime claims:

        contiguous zone:
        12 nm

        continental shelf:
        200-m depth or to depth of exploitation

        exclusive fishing zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        3 nm

    • International disputes:
      none

    • Climate:
      tropical

    • Terrain:
      low with sand and coral

    • Natural resources:
      fish

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        0%

        permanent crops:
        0%

        meadows and pastures:
        0%

        forest and woodland:
        0%

        other:
        100% (all grass and sand)

    • Irrigated land:
      0 sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        NA

        natural hazards:
        surrounded by shoals and reefs which can pose maritime hazards

        international agreements:
        NA

    • Note:
      Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve established in August 1983






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