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    Cocos (Keeling) Islands Geography 1998

      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

      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 wind 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: NA%
      permanent crops: NA%
      permanent pastures: NA%
      forests and woodland: NA%
      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

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: NA
      signed, but not ratified: NA

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

      NOTE: The information regarding Cocos (Keeling) Islands on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cocos (Keeling) Islands Geography 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cocos (Keeling) Islands Geography 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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