A low-tide elevation is a naturally formed area of land which is surrounded by and above water at low tide but submerged at high tide1. Where a low-tide elevation, such as a drying rock or sandbank, is situated wholly or partly at a distance not exceeding the breadth of the territorial sea2 from the mainland or an island, the low-water line on that elevation may be used as the baseline from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured
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