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    Spratly Islands Geography 1997

      Location Southeastern Asia, group of reefs in the South China Sea, about two-thirdsof the way from southern Vietnam to the southern Philippines

      Geographic coordinates 8 38 N, 111 55 E

      Map references Southeast Asia

      total : less than 5 sq km
      land: less than 5 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      note: includes 100 or so islets, coral reefs, and sea mounts scattered overthe South China Sea

      Area - comparative NA

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 926 km

      Maritime claims NA

      Climate tropical

      Terrain flat

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: South China Sea 0 m
      highest point : unnamed location on Southwest Cay 4 m

      Natural resources fish, guano, undetermined oil and natural gas potential

      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 typhoons; serious maritime hazard because of numerous reefs and shoals

      Environment - current issues NA

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: none of the selected agreements
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note strategically located near several primary shipping lanes in the centralSouth China Sea; includes numerous small islands, atolls, shoals, and coralreefs

      NOTE: The information regarding Spratly Islands 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 Spratly Islands Geography 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Spratly Islands Geography 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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