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Cocos (Keeling) Islands


    • Affiliation:
      (territory of Australia)

    • Location:
      Southeastern Asia, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, south of Indonesia, about one-half of the way from Australia to Sri Lanka

    • Map references:
      Southeast Asia

    • Area:

        total area:
        14 sq km

        land area:
        14 sq km

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

        note:
        includes the two main islands of West Island and Home Island

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      2.6 km

    • Maritime claims:

        exclusive fishing zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        3 nm

    • International disputes:
      none

    • Climate:
      pleasant, modified by the southeast trade wind for about nine months of the year; moderate rain fall

    • Terrain:
      flat, low-lying coral atolls

    • Natural resources:
      fish

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        NA%

        permanent crops:
        NA%

        meadows and pastures:
        NA%

        forest and woodland:
        NA%

        other:
        NA%

    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        there are no natural fresh water resources on the island, groundwater does accumulate in natural underground reservoirs

        natural hazards:
        cyclones may occur in the early months of the year

        international agreements:
        NA

    • Note:
      two coral atolls thickly covered with coconut palms and other vegetation






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