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Mauritius

Physical Map of Mauritius

Physical Map of Mauritius showing relief, outlying islands, tallest peak, lakes, major river, and important cities.
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Mauritius occupies a total area of 2,040 sq. km in the Indian Ocean. It is made up of the main island of Mauritius and several outlying islands like the Ambre Island, Est Island, Cerfs Island, Benitiers Island, etc., as marked on the map. 

The island of Mauritius is a volcanic island formed by volcanic activity around 8 million years ago. However, no volcanic activity has been recorded on the island for over 100,000 years.

Coral reefs surround the island protecting the land from storms and high waves. 

The spectacular white sand beaches of the Mauritius Island give way to a broken ring of coastal mountain ranges. A plain covers the northern part of Mauritius gradually giving way to a central plateau with elevations ranging from 270 to 730 m. Bordering the plateau are low mountains. The highest peak in Mauritius, the 828 m tall Mount Piton, is located in the southwest of the plateau.

Off the coast of mainland Mauritius, there are nearly a hundred islets and rocks without any human habitation. 

Lake Vacoas, marked on the map, is the primary source of water for the islanders. Important rivers include the Grand River South East and the Black River.

Districts of Mauritius Map

The Political Map of Mauritius showing the nine districts of the country, their capitals, and the national capital of Port Louis.
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Mauritius is composed of nine districts. In alphabetical order, these are Black River, Flacq, Grand Port, Moka, Pamplemousses, Plaines Wilhems, Port Louis, Riviere du Rempart, Savanne. 

The country also has three dependencies. These are Cargados Carajos Shoals, Rodrigues, and Agalega Islands. 

The districts of Mauritius are further subdivided into one city, four towns, and 130 villages. Port Louis is the capital of the country.

With an area of 297.9 sq. km, Flacq is the largest district in Mauritius while Plaines Wilhelms is the largest by population.

Where is Mauritius?

Where is Mauritius?
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The island country of Mauritius is located off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It is separated from mainland Africa by a distance of about 2,000 km. It is located in the Southern and Eastern Hemispheres of the Earth.

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Outline Map of Mauritius

Blank Outline Map of Mauritius

The outline map above represents the main island of the island country of Mauritius. The above map can be downloaded for free and used for educational purpose or coloring.

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Outline Map of Mauritius

The above map represents the main island of Mauritius. The country also encompasses several smaller islands within its territory. 

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Key Facts

Legal Name Republic of Mauritius
Capital City Port Louis
20 09 S, 57 29 E
Independence 12 March 1968 (from the UK)

Geography

Total Area 2,040 km2
Land Area 2,030 km2
Water Area 10 km2
Total Border 0 km
Coastline 177 km
Climate Tropical, modified by southeast trade winds; warm, dry winter (may to november); hot, wet, humid summer (november to may)
Coordinates 20 17 S, 57 33 E
Mean Elevation 0 m
Lowest Elevation 0 m
Indian Ocean
Highest Elevation 828 m
Mont Piton

Demographics

Population 1,265,711
Ethnic Groups Indo-Mauritian (compose approximately two thirds of the total population), Creole, Sino-Mauritian, Franco-Mauritian
Languages Creole 86.5%, Bhojpuri 5.3%, French 4.1%, two languages 1.4%, other 2.6% (includes English, the official language of the National Assembly, which is spoken by less than 1% of the population), unspecified 0.1% (2011 est.)
Religions Hindu 48.5%, Roman Catholic 26.3%, Muslim 17.3%, other Christian 6.4%, other 0.6%, none 0.7%, unspecified 0.1% (2011 est.)

Economy

Currency Mauritian rupees (MUR)
GDP $14.18 Billion
GDP Per Capita $11,203.54
Exports Clothing and textiles, sugar, cut flowers, molasses, fish, primates (for research)

This page was last updated on September 14, 2020

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