Satellite Remote Sensing landmark on the Macclesfield Bank

  The Macclesfield Bank is east of the Paracel Islands, and is located in the middle of the South China Sea. You have to pass by the Macclesfield Bank if you want to cross the South China Sea. With a few exceptions, most of the reefs and shoals are underwater, submerged in the sea, making it a very dangerous area to sail through. People cannot live on the Macclesfield Bank but, because of the extensive fishery resources in the area and because ships pass through frequently, it is very important. There is currently a dispute between China and the Philippines over the sovereignty of the Macclesfield Bank.