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    Ashmore and Cartier Islands Geography - 2004

      Southeastern Asia, islands in the Indian Ocean, midway between north-western Australia and Timor island

      Geographic coordinates:
      12 14 S, 123 05 E

      Map references:
      Southeast Asia

      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

      74.1 km

      Maritime claims - as described in UNCLOS 1982 (see Notes and Definitions):
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      contiguous zone: 12 NM
      exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM
      continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation


      low with sand and coral

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

      Natural resources:

      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:

      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 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Ashmore and Cartier Islands Geography 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Ashmore and Cartier Islands Geography 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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