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Coral Sea Islands (territory of Australia) Geography

    Location: Oceania, islands in the Coral Sea, northeast of Australia

    Geographic coordinates: 18 00 S, 152 00 E

    Map references: Oceania

    Area:
    total: less than 3 sq km
    land: less than 3 sq km
    water: 0 sq km
    note: includes numerous small islands and reefs scattered over a sea area of about 1 million sq km, with the Willis Islets the most important

    Area—comparative: NA

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 3,095 km

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

    Climate: tropical

    Terrain: sand and coral reefs and islands (or cays)

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
    highest point: unnamed location on Cato Island 6 m

    Natural resources: NEGL

    Land use:
    arable land: 0%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 0%
    forests and woodland: 0%
    other: 100% (mostly grass or scrub cover)

    Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

    Natural hazards: occasional, tropical cyclones

    Environment—current issues: no permanent fresh water resources

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

    Geography—note: important nesting area for birds and turtles

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