Bassas da India

(possession of France)

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Location: Southern Africa, islands in the southern Mozambique Channel, about one-half of the way from Madagascar to Mozambique

Geographic coordinates: 21 30 S, 39 50 E

Map references: Africa

  total: 0.2 sq km
  land: 0.2 sq km
  water: 0 sq km

Area - comparative: about one-third the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 35.2 km

Maritime claims
  exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
  territorial sea: 12 nm

Climate: tropical

Terrain: volcanic rock

Elevation extremes
  lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
  highest point: unnamed location 2.4 m

Natural resources: none

Land use
  arable land: 0%
  permanent crops: 0%
  permanent pastures: 0%
  forests and woodland: 0%
  other: 100% (all rock)

Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

Natural hazards: maritime hazard since it is usually under water during high tide and surrounded by reefs; subject to periodic cyclones

Environment - current issues: NA


Population: uninhabited (July 2000 est.)


Country name
  conventional long form: none
  conventional short form: Bassas da India

Data code: BS

Dependency status: possession of France; administered by a high commissioner of the Republic, resident in Reunion

Flag description: the flag of France is used


Economy - overview: no economic activity



Ports and harbors: none; offshore anchorage only


Military - note: defense is the responsibility of France

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international: claimed by Madagascar


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