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    Reunion Geography - 2006

      Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar

      Geographic coordinates:
      21 06 S, 55 36 E

      Map references:

      total: 2,517 sq km
      land: 2,507 sq km
      water: 10 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      slightly smaller than Rhode Island

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      207 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 12 nm
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm

      tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation; cool and dry (May to November), hot and rainy (November to April)

      mostly rugged and mountainous; fertile lowlands along coast

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Piton des Neiges 3,069 m

      Natural resources:
      fish, arable land, hydropower

      Land use:
      arable land: 13.94%
      permanent crops: 1.59%
      other: 84.47% (2005)

      Irrigated land:
      120 sq km (2003)

      Natural hazards:
      periodic, devastating cyclones (December to April); Piton de la Fournaise on the southeastern coast is an active volcano

      Environment - current issues:

      Geography - note:
      this mountainous, volcanic island has an active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise; there is a tropical cyclone center at Saint-Denis, which is the monitoring station for the whole of the Indian Ocean

      NOTE: The information regarding Reunion on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Reunion Geography 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Reunion Geography 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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