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Reunion (overseas department of France) Geography

    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 from May 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 Fournaise on the southeastern coast is an active volcano

    Environment—current issues: NA

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

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