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Mauritius: Geography#

LocationSouthern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, about 800 km (500 mi) east of Madagascar
Geographic Coordinates20 17 S, 57 33 E -20.283333,57.55
Area total: 2,040 sq km
land: 2,030 sq km
water: 10 sq km
note: includes Agalega Islands, Cargados Carajos Shoals (Saint Brandon), and Rodrigues
[Verified in 8 databases]
Land boundaries0 km
Coastline177 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: Mont Piton 828 m
Highest Mountains
Terrainsmall coastal plain rising to discontinuous mountains encircling central plateau
Natural Hazardscyclones (November to April); almost completely surrounded by reefs that may pose maritime hazards
Natural Resourcearable land, fish
Land Usearable land: 38.24%
permanent crops: 1.96%
other: 59.8% (2011)
Climatetropical, modified by southeast trade winds; warm, dry winter (May to November); hot, wet, humid summer (November to May)
Irrigated Land212.2 sq km (2003)
Renewable Water Resources2.75 cu km (2011)
Environment_CurrentIssueswater pollution, degradation of coral reefs
Environment - international agreementsparty to: Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
Large CitiesDue to difference in city rankings taken from two data sources we are listing here both lists :
According to Wolfram: Port Louis; Beau Bassin-Rose Hill; Vacoas-Phoenix; Curepipe; Quatre Bornes
According to Geonames: Port Louis; Vacoas; Curepipe; Quatre Bornes; Triolet

Attempted Explanation: Please help us to try to explain the discrepancies by sending us helpful information to office@global-geography.org
Important Cities
Geography-notethe main island, from which the country derives its name, is of volcanic origin and is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs; former home of the dodo, a large flightless bird related to pigeons, driven to extinction by the end of the 17th century through a combination of hunting and the introduction of predatory species