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    Cocos (Keeling) Islands Geography - 1990

      Total area: 14 km2
      land area: 14 km2; main islands are West Island and Home Island

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

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 42.6 km

      Maritime claims:

      Contiguous zone: 12 nm;

      Continental shelf: 200 meters or to depth of exploitation;

      Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm;

      Territorial sea: 3 nm

      Climate: pleasant, modified by the southeast trade winds for about nine months of the year; moderate rainfall

      Terrain: flat, low-lying coral atolls

      Natural resources: fish

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

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

      Note: located 1,070 km southwest of Sumatra (Indonesia) in the Indian Ocean about halfway between Australia and Sri Lanka

      NOTE: The information regarding Cocos (Keeling) Islands on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cocos (Keeling) Islands Geography 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cocos (Keeling) Islands Geography 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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