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Seychelles Geography 1996

    • Location:
      Eastern Africa, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar

    • Map references:

    • Area:

        total area:
        455 sq km

        land area:
        455 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly more than 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      491 km

    • Maritime claims:

        continental shelf:
        200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin

        exclusive economic zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:
      claims Tromelin Island

    • Climate:
      tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May)

    • Terrain:
      Mahe Group is granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly; others are coral, flat, elevated reefs

    • Natural resources:
      fish, copra, cinnamon trees

    • Land use:

        arable land:

        permanent crops:

        meadows and pastures:

        forest and woodland:


    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        no natural fresh water resources, catchments collect rain water

        natural hazards:
        lies outside the cyclone belt, so severe storms are rare; short droughts possible

        international agreements:
        party to - Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Whaling; signed, but not ratified - Desertification

    • Note:
      40 granitic and about 50 coralline islands

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