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    Cocos (Keeling) Islands Geography 2000

      Location: Southeastern Asia, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, south of Indonesia, about one-half of the way from Australia to Sri Lanka

      Geographic coordinates: 12 30 S, 96 50 E

      Map references: Southeast Asia

      Area:
      total: 14 sq km
      land: 14 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      note: includes the two main islands of West Island and Home Island

      Area - comparative: about 24 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 2.6 km

      Maritime claims:
      exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 3 nm

      Climate: pleasant, modified by the southeast trade winds for about nine months of the year; moderate rainfall

      Terrain: flat, low-lying coral atolls

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: unnamed location 5 m

      Natural resources: fish

      Land use:
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 0%
      other: 100% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: cyclones may occur in the early months of the year

      Environment - current issues: fresh water resources are limited to rainwater accumulations in natural underground reservoirs

      Geography - note: two coral atolls thickly covered with coconut palms and other vegetation

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