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    Seychelles Geography 2000

      Location: Eastern Africa, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar

      Geographic coordinates: 4 35 S, 55 40 E

      Map references: Africa

      total: 455 sq km
      land: 455 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 491 km

      Maritime claims:
      continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May)

      Terrain: Mahe Group is granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly; others are coral, flat, elevated reefs

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Morne Seychellois 905 m

      Natural resources: fish, copra, cinnamon trees

      Land use:
      arable land: 2%
      permanent crops: 13%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 11%
      other: 74% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: lies outside the cyclone belt, so severe storms are rare; short droughts possible

      Environment - current issues: water supply depends on catchments to collect rain water

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

      Geography - note: 40 granitic and about 50 coralline islands

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