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Areatotal: 5 sq km
note: includes Ashmore Reef (West, Middle, and East Islets) and Cartier Island
water: 0 sq km
land: 5 sq km
Populationno indigenous inhabitants
note: Indonesian fishermen are allowed access to the lagoon and fresh waster at Ashmore Reef's West Island
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These uninhabited islands came under Australian authority in 1931; formal administration began two years later. Ashmore Reef supports a rich and diverse avian and marine habitat; in 1983 it became a National Nature Reserve. Cartier Island, a former bombing range, is now a marine reserve.


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Ashmore and Cartier Islands

Geography

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Map of Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Location 
Southeastern Asia, islands in the Indian Ocean, northwest of Australia
Geographic coordinates 
12 14 S, 123 05 E
Map references 
Southeast Asia
Area 
total: 5 sq km
note: includes Ashmore Reef (West, Middle, and East Islets) and Cartier Island
water: 0 sq km
land: 5 sq km
Area - comparative 
about eight times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC
Land boundaries 
0 km
Coastline 
74.1 km
Maritime claims 
contiguous zone: 12 NM
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
territorial sea: 12 NM
exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM
Climate 
tropical
Terrain 
low with sand and coral
Elevation extremes 
lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed location 3 m
Natural resources 
fish
Land use 
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (all grass and sand) (1998 est.)
Irrigated land 
0 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards 
surrounded by shoals and reefs that can pose maritime hazards
Environment - current issues 
NA
Geography - note 
Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve established in August 1983
Ashmore and Cartier Islands

People

Population 
no indigenous inhabitants
note: Indonesian fishermen are allowed access to the lagoon and fresh waster at Ashmore Reef's West Island
People - note 
the landing of illegal immigrants from Indonesia's Rote Island has become an ongoing problem
Ashmore and Cartier Islands

Government

Country name 
conventional long form: Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands
conventional short form: Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Dependency status 
territory of Australia; administered by the Australian Department of Transport and Regional Services
Legal system 
the laws of the Commonwealth of Australia and the laws of the Northern Territory of Australia, where applicable, apply
Diplomatic representation in the US 
none (territory of Australia)
Diplomatic representation from the US 
none (territory of Australia)
Flag description 
the flag of Australia is used
Ashmore and Cartier Islands

Economy

Economy - overview 
no economic activity
Ashmore and Cartier Islands

Transportation

Waterways 
none
Ports and harbors 
none; offshore anchorage only
Ashmore and Cartier Islands

Military

Military - note 
defense is the responsibility of Australia; periodic visits by the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force

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