East Island (Ashmore and Cartier Islands)
East Island is one of three islet
An islet is a very small island.- Types :As suggested by its origin as islette, an Old French diminutive of "isle", use of the term implies small size, but little attention is given to drawing an upper limit on its applicability....
s on Ashmore Reef. It is located at 12º15'S 123º05'E, about midway between Australia and Timor. It is often referred to as East Islet, a name that is used, for example, in The World Factbook
The World Factbook
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; the islet's gazetted name is, however, East Island.
It has an area of around 25,000 square metres. Like the other islands on the reef, it is unpopulated. Politically it is part of Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Ashmore and Cartier Islands
The Territory of the Ashmore and Cartier Islands is an external territory of Australia consisting of two groups of small low-lying uninhabited tropical islands in the Indian Ocean situated on the edge of the continental shelf north-west of Australia and south of the Indonesian island of...
, an external territory of Australia. Some Indonesian groups dispute Australia's claim to these island, however.