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    Mauritius Geography - 2005

      Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar

      Geographic coordinates:
      20 17 S, 57 33 E

      Map references:
      Political Map of the World

      total: 2,040 sq km
      land: 2,030 sq km
      water: 10 sq km
      note: includes Agalega Islands, Cargados Carajos Shoals (Saint Brandon), and Rodrigues

      Area - comparative:
      almost 11 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      177 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 12 nm
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin

      tropical, modified by southeast trade winds; warm, dry winter (May to November); hot, wet, humid summer (November to May)

      small coastal plain rising to discontinuous mountains encircling central plateau

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mont Piton 828 m

      Natural resources:
      arable land, fish

      Land use:
      arable land: 49.26%
      permanent crops: 2.96%
      other: 47.78% (2001)

      Irrigated land:
      200 sq km (2000 est.)

      Natural hazards:
      cyclones (November to April); almost completely surrounded by reefs that may pose maritime hazards

      Environment - current issues:
      water pollution, degradation of coral reefs

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note:
      the main island, from which the country derives its name, is of volcanic origin and is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs

      NOTE: The information regarding Mauritius on this page is re-published from the 2005 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Mauritius Geography 2005 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Mauritius Geography 2005 should be addressed to the CIA.

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