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    Coral Sea Islands Geography - 1990

      Total area: undetermined; includes numerous small islands and reefs scattered over a sea area of about 1 million km2, with Willis Islets the most important

      Comparative area: undetermined

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 3,095 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: tropical

      Terrain: sand and coral reefs and islands (or cays)

      Natural resources: negligible

      Land use: 0% arable land; 0% permanent crops; 0% meadows and pastures; 0% forest and woodland; 100% other, mostly grass or scrub cover; Lihou Reef Reserve and Coringa-Herald Reserve were declared National Nature Reserves on 3 August 1982

      Environment: subject to occasional tropical cyclones; no permanent fresh water; important nesting area for birds and turtles

      Note: the islands are located just off the northeast coast of Australia in the Coral Sea

      NOTE: The information regarding Coral Sea 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 Coral Sea Islands Geography 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Coral Sea Islands Geography 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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