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Mauritius Geography: A summary of information about Mauritius Geography, from government research data as well as independent research and other sources.
Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar
20 17 S, 57 33 E
total: 1,860 sq km land: 1,850 sq km water: 10 sq km note: includes Agalega Islands, Cargados Carajos Shoals (Saint Brandon), and Rodrigues
almost 11 times the size of Washington, DC
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin exclusive economic zone: 200 nm territorial sea: 12 nm
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
lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m highest point: Mont Piton 828 m
arable land, fish
arable land: 49% permanent crops: 3% permanent pastures: 3% forests and woodland: 22% other: 23% (1993 est.)
170 sq km (1993 est.)
cyclones (November to April); almost completely surrounded by reefs that may pose maritime hazards
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Life Conservation, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Whaling signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements