Ashmore and Cartier Islands: Geography#

LocationSoutheastern Asia, islands in the Indian Ocean, midway between northwestern Australia and Timor island
Geographic Coordinates12 14 S, 123 05 E -12.233334,123.083336
Land boundaries0 km
Coastline74.1 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed location 3 m
Highest Mountains
Terrainlow with sand and coral
Natural Hazardssurrounded by shoals and reefs that can pose maritime hazards
Natural Resourcefish
Land Usearable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (all grass and sand) (2011)
Irrigated LandNA
Renewable Water ResourcesNA
Environment_CurrentIssuesillegal killing of protected wildlife by traditional Indonesian fisherman, as well as fishing by non-traditional Indonesian vessels, are ongoing problems
Environment - international agreementsNA
Large Cities
Geography-noteAshmore Reef National Nature Reserve established in August 1983; Cartier Island Marine Reserve established in 2000