Bassas de Pedro

Bassas de Pedro
Native name: Munyal Par
Nickname: Pedro Bank
Bassas de Pedro
Location of Bassas de Pedro in Lakshadweep
Location Arabian Sea
Coordinates 13°05′N 72°25′E / 13.083°N 72.417°E / 13.083; 72.417Coordinates: 13°05′N 72°25′E / 13.083°N 72.417°E / 13.083; 72.417
Archipelago Lakshadweep
Adjacent bodies of water Indian Ocean
Total islands 0
Area 2,474.33 km2 (955.34 sq mi)[1]
Length 33 km (20.5 mi)
Width 13 km (8.1 mi)
Highest elevation -16.4 m (-53.8 ft)
Territory Union territory of Lakshadweep
District Lakshadweep
Island group Aminidivi
Tehsils of India Aminidivi
Subdivisions of India Chetlat Island
Population 0 (2014)
Pop. density 0 /km2 (0 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Malayali, Mahls
Additional information
Time zone
ISO code IN-LD-02[2]
Official website
Avg. summer temperature 32.0 °C (89.6 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 28.0 °C (82.4 °F)

Bassas de Pedro, also known as Munyal Par or Pedro Bank, is a submerged bank or sunken atoll belonging to the Amindivi Subgroup of islands of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India, with a distance of 1,795 km (1,115 mi) south of the city of Delhi. .[3]


It is the largest feature of Lakshadweep, with a lagoon area of 2,474.33 km2 (955.34 sq mi), which is more than half of the sum of all lagoon sizes in Lakshadweep (59 percent). It is also one of the northernmost features, second only to Cora Divh. Bassas de Pedro, Cora Divh and Sesostris Bank, all submerged, form the north of Lakshadweep. Bassas de Pedro stretches over 130 km from 12°31'N to 13°41'N, in the shape of an arch open to the east. Its width ranges from 15 km in the north to 33 km in the south. Its southern end is 63 km east of North Cay of Cherbaniani Reef, the closest land feature.[4]

There are no emergent cays or islands. The general depth ranges from 46 to 50 meters, with extremes between 16.4 and 73 meters. The bank is steep-to, smooth with minor undulations in topography, and composed of sand, shells, and decayed coral. The water on the bank is not discolored.


The bank belongs to the township of Chetlat Island of Aminidivi Tehsil.[5]


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