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    Reunion Geography 1997

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

      Geographic coordinates 21 06 S, 55 36 E

      Map references World

      total: 2,510 sq km
      land: 2,500 sq km
      water : 10 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly smaller than Rhode Island

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 201 km

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

      Climate tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation; cool and dry fromMay to November, hot and rainy from November to April

      Terrain mostly rugged and mountainous; fertile lowlands along coast

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Piton des Neiges 3,069 m

      Natural resources fish, arable land

      Land use
      arable land: 17%
      permanent crops: 2%
      permanent pastures: 5%
      forests and woodland : 35%
      other: 41% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 60 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards periodic, devastating cyclones (December to April); Piton de la Fournaiseon the southeastern coast is an active volcano

      Environment - current issues NA

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

      NOTE: The information regarding Reunion on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Reunion Geography 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Reunion Geography 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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