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French Southern and Antarctic Lands (overseas territory of France) Geography 1999

    Location: south of Africa, islands in the southern Indian Ocean, about equidistant between Africa, Antarctica, and Australia; note—French Southern and Antarctic Lands includes Ile Amsterdam, Ile Saint-Paul, Iles Crozet, and Iles Kerguelen in the southern Indian Ocean, along with the French-claimed sector of Antarctica, "Adelie Land"; the US does not recognize the French claim to "Adelie Land"

    Geographic coordinates: 43 00 S, 67 00 E

    Map references: Antarctic Region

    total: 7,781 sq km
    land: 7,781 sq km
    water: 0 sq km
    note: includes Ile Amsterdam, Ile Saint-Paul, Iles Crozet and Iles Kerguelen; excludes "Adelie Land" claim of about 500,000 sq km in Antarctica that is not recognized by the US

    Area—comparative: slightly less than 1.3 times the size of Delaware

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 1,232 km

    Maritime claims:
    exclusive economic zone: 200 nm from Iles Kerguelen only
    territorial sea: 12 nm

    Climate: antarctic

    Terrain: volcanic

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
    highest point: Mont Ross on Ile Kerguelen 1,850 m

    Natural resources: fish, crayfish

    Land use:
    arable land: 0%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 0%
    forests and woodland: 0%
    other: 100%

    Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

    Natural hazards: Ile Amsterdam and Ile Saint-Paul are extinct volcanoes

    Environment—current issues: NA

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

    Geography—note: remote location in the southern Indian Ocean

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