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    Ashmore and Cartier Islands Geography - 2003

      Location: Southeastern Asia, islands in the Indian Ocean, northwest of Australia, south of the Indonesian half of Timor island

      Geographic coordinates: 12 14 S, 123 05 E

      Map references: Southeast Asia

      Area: total: 5 sq km
      note: includes Ashmore Reef (West, Middle, and East Islets) and Cartier Island
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 5 sq km

      Area - comparative: about eight times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 74.1 km

      Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 12 NM
      continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM

      Climate: tropical

      Terrain: low with sand and coral

      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: unnamed location 3 m

      Natural resources: fish

      Land use: arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 100% (all grass and sand) (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards: surrounded by shoals and reefs that can pose maritime hazards

      Environment - current issues: NA

      Geography - note: Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve established in August 1983

      NOTE: The information regarding Ashmore and Cartier Islands on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Ashmore and Cartier Islands Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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