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Seychelles Geography 1999

    Location: Eastern Africa, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar

    Geographic coordinates: 4 35 S, 55 40 E

    Map references: Africa

    total: 455 sq km
    land: 455 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 491 km

    Maritime claims:
    continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
    exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
    territorial sea: 12 nm

    Climate: tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May)

    Terrain: Mahe Group is granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly; others are coral, flat, elevated reefs

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
    highest point: Morne Seychellois 905 m

    Natural resources: fish, copra, cinnamon trees

    Land use:
    arable land: 2%
    permanent crops: 13%
    permanent pastures: NA%
    forests and woodland: 11%
    other: 74% (1993 est.)

    Irrigated land: NA sq km

    Natural hazards: lies outside the cyclone belt, so severe storms are rare; short droughts possible

    Environment—current issues: water supply depends on catchments to collect rain water

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Whaling
    signed, but not ratified: Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

    Geography—note: 40 granitic and about 50 coralline islands

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