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    Seychelles Geography - 2003

      Location: Eastern Africa, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar

      Geographic coordinates: 4 35 S, 55 40 E

      Map references: Africa

      Area: total: 455 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 455 sq km

      Area - comparative: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 491 km

      Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      continental shelf: 200 NM or to the edge of the continental margin

      Climate: tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May)

      Terrain: Mahe Group is granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly; others are coral, flat, elevated reefs

      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Morne Seychellois 905 m

      Natural resources: fish, copra, cinnamon trees

      Land use: arable land: 2.22%
      permanent crops: 13.33%
      other: 84.45% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: lies outside the cyclone belt, so severe storms are rare; short droughts possible

      Environment - current issues: water supply depends on catchments to collect rainwater

      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution
      signed, but not ratified: Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

      Geography - note: 40 granitic and about 50 coralline islands

      NOTE: The information regarding Seychelles 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 Seychelles Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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