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Spratly Islands Geography 2012

SOURCE: 2012 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Spratly Islands Geography 2012
SOURCE: 2012 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on December 20,

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

Area:
total: less than 5 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 246
land: less than 5 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 0 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
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
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Coastline:
926 km
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Maritime claims:
NA

Climate:
tropical

Terrain:
flat

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: South China Sea 0 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - lowest point country ranks ]
highest point: unnamed location on Southwest Cay 4 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - highest point country ranks ]

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

Land use:
arable land: 0%
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permanent crops: 0%
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other: 100% (2005)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
0 sq km
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Natural hazards:
typhoons; numerous reefs and shoals pose a serious maritime hazard

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


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Spratly Islands on this page is re-published from the 2012 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Spratly Islands Geography 2012 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Spratly Islands Geography 2012 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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