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Juan de Nova Island (possession of France) Geography

    Location: Southern Africa, island in the Mozambique Channel, about one-third of the way between Madagascar and Mozambique

    Geographic coordinates: 17 03 S, 42 45 E

    Map references: Africa

    total: 4.4 sq km
    land: 4.4 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

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

    Land boundaries: 0 km

    Coastline: 24.1 km

    Maritime claims:
    contiguous zone: 12 nm
    continental shelf: 200-m depth or to depth the of exploitation
    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 10 m

    Natural resources: guano deposits and other fertilizers

    Land use:
    arable land: 0%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 0%
    forests and woodland: 90%
    other: 10%

    Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

    Natural hazards: periodic cyclones

    Environment—current issues: NA

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

    Geography—note: wildlife sanctuary

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