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    Ashmore and Cartier Islands Geography - 1989

      Total area: 5 km2
      land area: 5 km2
      includes Ashmore Reef (West, Middle, and East Islets) and Cartier Island

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

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 74.1 km

      Maritime claims: @m5Contiguous zone: 12 nm
      @m5Continental shelf: 200 meters or to depth of exploration
      @m5Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
      @m5Territorial sea: 3 nm

      Climate: tropical

      Terrain: low with sand and coral

      Natural resources: fish

      Land use: 0% arable land; 0% permanent crops; 0% meadows and pastures; 0% forest and woodland; 100% other--grass and sand

      Environment: surrounded by shoals and reefs; Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve established in August 1983

      Note: located in extreme eastern Indian Ocean between Australia and Indonesia 320 km off the northwest coast of Australia

      NOTE: The information regarding Ashmore and Cartier Islands on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Ashmore and Cartier Islands Geography 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Ashmore and Cartier Islands Geography 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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