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    Cocos (Keeling) Islands Geography - 2004

      Southeastern Asia, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Indonesia, about halfway from Australia to Sri Lanka

      Geographic coordinates:
      12 30 S, 96 50 E

      Map references:
      Southeast Asia

      total: 14 sq km
      note: includes the two main islands of West Island and Home Island
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 14 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      about 24 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      26 km

      Maritime claims - as described in UNCLOS 1982 (see Notes and Definitions):
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM

      tropical with high humidity, moderated by the southeast trade winds for about nine months of the year

      flat, low-lying coral atolls

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: unnamed location 5 m

      Natural resources:

      Land use:
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 100% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

      Natural hazards:
      cyclone season is October to April

      Environment - current issues:
      fresh water resources are limited to rainwater accumulations in natural underground reservoirs

      Geography - note:
      islands are thickly covered with coconut palms and other vegetation

      NOTE: The information regarding Cocos (Keeling) Islands on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cocos (Keeling) Islands Geography 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cocos (Keeling) Islands Geography 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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