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Coral Sea Islands

(territory of Australia)

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Location: Oceania, islands in the Coral Sea, northeast of Australia

Geographic coordinates: 18 00 S, 152 00 E

Map references: Oceania

  total: less than 3 sq km
  land: less than 3 sq km
  water: 0 sq km (Note: includes numerous small islands and reefs scattered over a sea area of about 1 million sq km, with the Willis Islets the most important)

Area - comparative: NA

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 3,095 km

Maritime claims
  exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
  territorial sea: 3 nm

Climate: tropical

Terrain: sand and coral reefs and islands (or cays)

Elevation extremes
  lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
  highest point: unnamed location on Cato Island 6 m

Natural resources: NEGL

Land use
  arable land: 0%
  permanent crops: 0%
  permanent pastures: 0%
  forests and woodland: 0%
  other: 100% (mostly grass or scrub cover)

Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

Natural hazards: occasional, tropical cyclones

Environment - current issues: no permanent fresh water resources

Geography - note: important nesting area for birds and turtles


Population: no indigenous inhabitants (Note: there is a staff of three to four at the meteorological station (July 2000 est.))


Country name
  conventional long form: Coral Sea Islands Territory
  conventional short form: Coral Sea Islands

Data code: CR

Dependency status: territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories

Legal system: the laws of Australia, where applicable, apply

Executive branch: administered from Canberra by the Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories

Diplomatic representation in the US: none (territory of Australia)

Diplomatic representation from the US: none (territory of Australia)

Flag description: the flag of Australia is used


Economy - overview: no economic activity


Communications - note: there are automatic weather stations on many of the isles and reefs relaying data to the mainland


Ports and harbors: none; offshore anchorage only


Military - note: defense is the responsibility of Australia; visited regularly by the Royal Australian Navy; Australia has control over the activities of visitors

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international: none

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