Bassas da India


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Bassas da India

(bä'säs də ēndyä`), uninhabited atoll, 0.1 sq mi (0.2 sq km), in the S Mozambique Channel, W Indian Ocean, about midway between Madagascar and Mozambique. The atoll's rocky islets, which emerge from a circular reef, sometimes present a maritime hazard since they are normally under water at high tide and are protected by bristling reefs. A French possession since 1897, the Bassas da India group has been administered by a commissioner in RéunionRéunion
, island and overseas department of France (2005 est. pop. 777,000), c.970 sq mi (2,510 sq km), one of the Mascarene Islands, in the Indian Ocean c.430 mi (690 km) E of Madagascar. Saint-Denis (the capital) and Le Port (the leading port) are the chief cities.
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 since 1968. The group is also claimed by Madagascar.
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It is formed by (i) the Crozet Archipelago, (ii) the Kerguelen Islands, (iii) the Saint-Paul and Amsterdam Islands, (iv) and Terre Adlie (v) Scattered Islands (Glorieuses, Juan de Nova, Europa and Bassas da India in the Mozambique channel and Tromelin North of Reunion).
Bassas da India, Europa Island & Juan de Nova Island: Claimants: France and Madagascar.