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Christmas Island


    • Affiliation:
      (territory of Australia)

    • Location:
      Southeastern Asia, island in the Indian Ocean, south of Indonesia

    • Map references:
      Southeast Asia

    • Area:

        total area:
        135 sq km

        land area:
        135 sq km

        comparative area:
        about 0.8 times the size of Washington, DC

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      138.9 km

    • Maritime claims:

        contiguous zone:
        12 nm

        exclusive fishing zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        3 nm

    • International disputes:
      none

    • Climate:
      tropical; heat and humidity moderated by trade winds

    • Terrain:
      steep cliffs along coast rise abruptly to central plateau

    • Natural resources:
      phosphate

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        0%

        permanent crops:
        0%

        meadows and pastures:
        0%

        forest and woodland:
        0%

        other:
        100%

    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        NA

        natural hazards:
        almost completely surrounded by a reef which can be a maritime hazard

        international agreements:
        NA

    • Note:
      located along major sea lanes of Indian Ocean






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