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    Coral Sea Islands Geography 2000

      Location: Oceania, islands in the Coral Sea, northeast of Australia

      Geographic coordinates: 18 00 S, 152 00 E

      Map references: Oceania

      total: less than 3 sq km
      land: less than 3 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      note: includes numerous small islands and reefs scattered over a sea area of about 1 million sq km, with the Willis Islets the most important

      Area - comparative: NA

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 3,095 km

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

      Climate: tropical

      Terrain: sand and coral reefs and islands (or cays)

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: unnamed location on Cato Island 6 m

      Natural resources: NEGL

      Land use:
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 0%
      other: 100% (mostly grass or scrub cover)

      Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

      Natural hazards: occasional, tropical cyclones

      Environment - current issues: no permanent fresh water resources

      Geography - note: important nesting area for birds and turtles

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