Sesostris Bank

Sesostris Bank
Sesostris Bank
Location of Sesostris Bank in Lakshadweep
Location Arabian Sea
Coordinates 13°08′N 72°00′E / 13.133°N 72.000°E / 13.133; 72.000Coordinates: 13°08′N 72°00′E / 13.133°N 72.000°E / 13.133; 72.000
Archipelago Lakshadweep
Adjacent bodies of water Indian Ocean
Total islands 0
Area 388.53 km2 (150.01 sq mi)[1]
Highest elevation -20 m (-70 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)
Topography submerged bank

Sesostris Bank is a submerged bank or sunken atoll belonging to the Amindivi Subgroup of islands of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India, and has a distance of 1,800 km (1,100 mi) south of the city of Delhi.[3]


It is the second largest feature of Lakshadweep, after Bassas de Pedro, with a lagoon area of 388.53 km2 (150.01 sq mi). It is also one of the northernmost features, after Cora Divh and Bassas de Pedro. Those coral banks, all submerged, form the north of Lakshadweep. Sesostris Bank is about 22 km in diameter.[4] There are no emergent cays or islands. Depths range from 20 to 77 meters. Depths near the bank reach 700 meters.[5]

This bank was named after steam frigate vessel HMS Sesostris of the Royal Navy.[6]


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


  1. "Islandwise Area and Population - 2001 Census" (PDF). Government of Lakshadweep.
  2. Registration Plate Numbers added to ISO Code
  3. Hydrographic Description (Indian Ocean Pilot)
  4. Lagoon sizes
  5. Lakshadweep; geographical information
  6. China Trade and Empire: Jardine, Matheson & Co. and the Origins of British Rule in Hong Kong, 1827-1843, Alain Le Pichon (Editor), Oxford University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-19-726337-2
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