Ban Than (Zhongzhou) Reef


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Zhongzhou Reef also known as Ban Than Reef and Centre Cay (Chinese: 中洲礁; pinyin: Zhōngzhōu jiāo; Vietnamese: Bãi Bàn Than) is a small coral reef on the north edge of the Tizard Bank in the Spratly Islands, South China Sea. It lies 4.6 km (2.9 mi) east of ROC-occupied Taiping Island (Itu Aba), 7.2 km (4.5 mi) west of Vietnamese-occupied Sand Cay, and has an exposed area of approximately 0.2 hectares (0.49 acres) during high tide, and 0.6 hectares (1.5 acres) during low tide.[dubious – discuss][citation needed] It consists of an accumulation of seashells, sand, coral reefs and debris which forms a circular coral reef plate, surrounding the reef under the water, with a diameter of approximately 1.3 km (0.8 mi).[citation needed]

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