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    Heard Island and McDonald Islands Geography - 2003

      Location: islands in the Indian Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Madagascar to Antarctica

      Geographic coordinates: 53 06 S, 72 31 E

      Map references: Antarctic Region

      Area: total: 412 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 412 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly more than two times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 101.9 km

      Maritime claims: exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM

      Climate: antarctic

      Terrain: Heard Island - 80% ice-covered, bleak and mountainous, dominated by a large massif (Big Ben) and an active volcano (Mawson Peak); McDonald Islands - small and rocky

      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mawson Peak, on Big Ben 2,745 m

      Natural resources: fish

      Land use: arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 100% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards: Mawson Peak, an active volcano, is on Heard Island

      Environment - current issues: NA

      NOTE: The information regarding Heard Island and McDonald Islands on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Heard Island and McDonald Islands Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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