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Tromelin Island (possession of France) Geography

    Location: Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar

    Geographic coordinates: 15 52 S, 54 25 E

    Map references: Africa

    Area:
    total: 1 sq km
    land: 1 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: about 1.7 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 3.7 km

    Maritime claims:
    contiguous zone: 12 nm
    continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
    exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
    territorial sea: 12 nm

    Climate: tropical

    Terrain: sandy

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
    highest point: unnamed location 7 m

    Natural resources: fish

    Land use:
    arable land: 0%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 0%
    forests and woodland: 0%
    other: 100% (scattered bushes)

    Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

    Natural hazards: NA

    Environment—current issues: NA

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

    Geography—note: climatologically important location for forecasting cyclones; wildlife sanctuary

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