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    Spratly Islands Geography 2000

      Location: Southeastern Asia, group of reefs and islands in the South China Sea, about two-thirds of the way from southern Vietnam to the southern Philippines

      Geographic coordinates: 8 38 N, 111 55 E

      Map references: Southeast Asia

      total: less than 5 sq km
      land: less than 5 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      note: includes 100 or so islets, coral reefs, and sea mounts scattered over an area of nearly 410,000 sq km of the central South China Sea

      Area - comparative: NA

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 926 km

      Maritime claims: NA

      Climate: tropical

      Terrain: flat

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: South China Sea 0 m
      highest point: unnamed location on Southwest Cay 4 m

      Natural resources: fish, guano, undetermined oil and natural gas potential

      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: typhoons; serious maritime hazard because of numerous reefs and shoals

      Environment - current issues: NA

      Geography - note: strategically located near several primary shipping lanes in the central South China Sea; includes numerous small islands, atolls, shoals, and coral reefs

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