06 January 2008
The geography of Mauritius
Geography: Mauritius is a pear-shaped island of 2,040 sq. km situated 20º south of the equator on longitude 57.5º east. It lies 2,o36 km off the south-east coast of Africa. The coastline is fringed with white beaches and protected by coral reef almost all around except for the southern coast that offers wilder strands or dramatic cliffs. From the northern plains, the land rises to a central plateau dotted by lakes and extinct volcanic craters. A few uninhabited islets are scattered around the main island.