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Clipperton Island (possession of France) Geography 1999

    Location: Middle America, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, 1,120 km southwest of Mexico

    Geographic coordinates: 10 17 N, 109 13 W

    Map references: World

    total: 7 sq km
    land: 7 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: about 12 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 11.1 km

    Maritime claims:
    territorial sea: 12 nm

    Climate: tropical, humid, average temperature 20-32 degrees C, rains May-October

    Terrain: coral atoll

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
    highest point: Rocher Clipperton 29 m

    Natural resources: none

    Land use:
    arable land: 0%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 0%
    forests and woodland: 0%
    other: 100% (all coral)

    Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

    Natural hazards: subject to tornadoes

    Environment—current issues: NA

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: NA
    signed, but not ratified: NA

    Geography—note: reef about 8 km in circumference

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