Tungsha

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Tungsha

 

(also Pratas), an island in the South China Sea, 250 km from the southern coast of China. Fishing and guano deposits are the basis of the economy. To the east of Tungsha is a circular coral reef over 50 km in length.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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