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 for Bassas da India
From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  Bassas da India
  
     Introduction Bassas da India
     ----------------------------
                              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.
    
     Geography Bassas da India
     -------------------------
                                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
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 0.2 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%
                                          other: 100% (all rock) (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1998 est.)
                         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
                        Geography - note: the islands emerge from a circular
                                          reef that sits atop a long-extinct,
                                          submerged volcano
    
     People Bassas da India
     ----------------------
                                      Population: uninhabited (July 2002 est.)
                          Population growth rate: NA
    
     Government Bassas da India
     --------------------------
                             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
    
     Economy Bassas da India
     -----------------------
                                      Economy - overview: no economic activity
    
    
     Transportation Bassas da India
     ------------------------------
                                      Waterways: none
                              Ports and harbors: none; offshore anchorage only
    
     Military Bassas da India
     ------------------------
                            Military - note: defense is the responsibility of
                                             France
    
     Transnational Issues Bassas da India
     ------------------------------------
                               Disputes - international: claimed by Madagascar
    
                                         
  
  

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