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    Christmas Island Geography - 1989

      Total area: 135 km2
      land area: 135 km2

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

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 138.9 km

      Maritime claims:
      @m5Contiguous zone: 12 nm
      @m5Continental shelf: 200 meters or to depth of exploitation
      @m5Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
      @m5Territorial sea: 3 nm

      Climate: tropical; heat and humidity moderated by trade winds

      Terrain: steep cliffs along coast rise abruptly to central plateau

      Natural resources: phosphate

      Land use: 0% arable land; 0% permanent crops; 0% meadows and pastures; 0% forest and woodland; 100% other

      Environment: almost completely surrounded by a reef

      Note: located along major sea lanes of Indian Ocean

      NOTE: The information regarding Christmas Island on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Christmas Island Geography 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Christmas Island Geography 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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