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Bassas da India
(possession of France)



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Map of Bassas da India

Bassas da India    Introduction Top of Page
Background: This atoll is a volcanic rock surrounded by reefs and is awash at high tide. A French possession since 1897, it was placed under the administration of a commissioner residing in Reunion in 1968.
Bassas da India    Geography Top of Page
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
Area: 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
Bassas da India    People Top of Page
Population: uninhabited (July 2001 est.)
Bassas da India    Government Top of Page
Country name: conventional long form:  none

conventional short form:  Bassas da India
Dependency status: possession of France; administered by a high commissioner of the Republic, resident in Reunion
Legal system: the laws of France, where applicable, apply
Flag description: the flag of France is used
Bassas da India    Economy Top of Page
Economy - overview: no economic activity
Bassas da India    Transportation Top of Page
Waterways: none
Ports and harbors: none; offshore anchorage only
Bassas da India    Military Top of Page
Military - note: defense is the responsibility of France
Bassas da India    Transnational Issues Top of Page
Disputes - international: claimed by Madagascar