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    Coral Sea Islands Geography - 2002

      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
      note: includes numerous small islands and reefs scattered over a sea area of about 780,000 sq km, with the Willis Islets the most important
      water: 0 sq km
      land: less than 3 sq km

      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%
      other: 100% (mostly grass or scrub cover) (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land 0 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards occasional tropical cyclones

      Environment - current issues no permanent fresh water resources

      Geography - note important nesting area for birds and turtles

      NOTE: The information regarding Coral Sea Islands on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Coral Sea Islands Geography 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Coral Sea Islands Geography 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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