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    Ashmore and Cartier Islands Geography - 2006

      Southeastern Asia, islands in the Indian Ocean, midway between northwestern Australia and Timor island

      Geographic coordinates:
      12 14 S, 123 05 E

      Map references:
      Southeast Asia

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

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

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      74.1 km

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


      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) (2005)

      Irrigated land:
      0 sq km

      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 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Ashmore and Cartier Islands Geography 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Ashmore and Cartier Islands Geography 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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