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Cocos (Keeling) Islands Geography 2019

SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Cocos (Keeling) Islands Geography 2019
SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 08, 2019

Location:
Southeastern Asia, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Indonesia, about halfway between Australia and Sri Lanka

Geographic coordinates:
12 30 S, 96 50 E

Map references:
Southeast Asia

Area:
total: 14 sq km
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land: 14 sq km
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water: 0 sq km
note: includes the two main islands of West Island and Home Island
country comparison to the world: 241

Area - comparative:
about 24 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
0 km

Coastline:
26 km
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Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
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exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
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Climate:
tropical with high humidity, moderated by the southeast trade winds for about nine months of the year

Terrain:
flat, low-lying coral atolls

Elevation:
0 m lowest point: Indian Ocean
9 highest point: South Point on South Island

Natural resources:
fish

Land use:
agricultural land: 0% (2011 est.)
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arable land: 0% (2011 est.)
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permanent crops: 0% (2011 est.)
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permanent pasture: 0% (2011 est.)
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forest: 0% (2011 est.)
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other: 100% (2011 est.)
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Irrigated land:
NA
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Population distribution:
only Home Island and West Island are populated

Natural hazards:
cyclone season is October to April

Environment - current issues:
freshwater resources are limited to rainwater accumulations in natural underground reservoirs; illegal fishing a concern

Geography - note:
islands are thickly covered with coconut palms and other vegetation; site of a World War I naval battle in November 1914 between the Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney and the German raider SMS Emden; after being heavily damaged in the engagement, the Emden was beached by her captain on North Keeling Island

NOTE: 1) The information regarding Cocos (Keeling) Islands on this page is re-published from the 2019 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cocos (Keeling) Islands Geography 2019 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cocos (Keeling) Islands Geography 2019 should be addressed to the CIA.
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