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Cocos (Keeling) Islands(territory of Australia) Geography 1999

    Location: Southeastern Asia, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, south of Indonesia, about one-half of the way from Australia to Sri Lanka

    Geographic coordinates: 12 30 S, 96 50 E

    Map references: Southeast Asia

    total: 14 sq km
    land: 14 sq km
    water: 0 sq km
    note: includes the two main islands of West Island and Home Island

    Area—comparative: about 24 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 2.6 km

    Maritime claims:
    exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
    territorial sea: 3 nm

    Climate: pleasant, modified by the southeast trade wind for about nine months of the year; moderate rainfall

    Terrain: flat, low-lying coral atolls

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
    highest point: unnamed location 5 m

    Natural resources: fish

    Land use:
    arable land: NA%
    permanent crops: NA%
    permanent pastures: NA%
    forests and woodland: NA%
    other: 100% (1993 est.)

    Irrigated land: NA sq km

    Natural hazards: cyclones may occur in the early months of the year

    Environment—current issues: fresh water resources are limited to rainwater accumulations in natural underground reservoirs

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

    Geography—note: two coral atolls thickly covered with coconut palms and other vegetation

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