The Ring-shaped Pratas Islands, South China Sea
The Pratas Islands or Dongsha Islands consist of three islands located in northeastern South China Sea, 340 km southeast of Hong Kong. They are controlled by the Republic of China (Taiwan).
The islands are shaped like a ring and consist of three major entities: Pratas Island, North Vereker Bank and South Vereker Bank. Only Pratas Island is above sea level; the Northern Vereker and Southern Vereker atolls are under water.
Pratas Island is 2.8 km long and 0.865 km wide. It is made up of coral atolls and reef flats. Brush, vines and bushes cover some of Pratas; the rest is white sand, best visible along the exterior coastline. The water surrounding the island appears light blue where it is shallowest.