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    French Southern and Antarctic Lands Geography 2000

      Location: south of Africa, islands in the southern Indian Ocean, about equidistant between Africa, Antarctica, and Australia; note - French Southern and Antarctic Lands includes Ile Amsterdam, Ile Saint-Paul, Iles Crozet, and Iles Kerguelen in the southern Indian Ocean, along with the French-claimed sector of Antarctica, "Adelie Land"; the US does not recognize the French claim to "Adelie Land"

      Geographic coordinates: 43 00 S, 67 00 E

      Map references: Antarctic Region

      Area:
      total: 7,781 sq km
      land: 7,781 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      note: includes Ile Amsterdam, Ile Saint-Paul, Iles Crozet and Iles Kerguelen; excludes "Adelie Land" claim of about 500,000 sq km in Antarctica that is not recognized by the US

      Area - comparative: slightly less than 1.3 times the size of Delaware

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 1,232 km

      Maritime claims:
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm from Iles Kerguelen only
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: antarctic

      Terrain: volcanic

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mont Ross on Iles Kerguelen 1,850 m

      Natural resources: fish, crayfish

      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: Ile Amsterdam and Ile Saint-Paul are extinct volcanoes

      Environment - current issues: NA

      Geography - note: remote location in the southern Indian Ocean

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