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Glorioso Islands (possession of France) Geography

    Location: Southern Africa, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, northwest of Madagascar

    Geographic coordinates: 11 30 S, 47 20 E

    Map references: Africa

    Area:
    total: 5 sq km
    land: 5 sq km
    water: 0 sq km
    note: includes Ile Glorieuse, Ile du Lys, Verte Rocks, Wreck Rock, and South Rock

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

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 35.2 km

    Maritime claims:
    exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
    territorial sea: 12 nm

    Climate: tropical

    Terrain: NA

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
    highest point: unnamed location 12 m

    Natural resources: guano, coconuts

    Land use:
    arable land: NA%
    permanent crops: NA%
    permanent pastures: NA%
    forests and woodland: NA%
    other: 100% (all lush vegetation and coconut palms)

    Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

    Natural hazards: periodic cyclones

    Environment—current issues: NA

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