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    Spratly Islands Geography - 1991

      Total area: less than 5 km2
      land area: less than 5 km2; includes 100 or so islets, coral reefs, and sea mounts scattered over the South China Sea

      Comparative area: undetermined

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 926 km

      Maritime claims: undetermined

      Disputes: China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam claim all or part of the Spratly Islands

      Climate: tropical

      Terrain: flat

      Natural resources: fish, guano; oil and natural gas potential

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

      Environment: subject to typhoons; includes numerous small islands, atolls, shoals, and coral reefs

      Note: strategically located near several primary shipping lanes in the central South China Sea; serious navigational hazard

      NOTE: The information regarding Spratly Islands on this page is re-published from the 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Spratly Islands Geography 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Spratly Islands Geography 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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