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  Coral Sea Islands
(territory of Australia)
 
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This page was last updated on 17 October, 2006


Map of Coral Sea Islands



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   Introduction    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Background:
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Scattered over more than three-quarters of a million square kilometers of ocean, the Coral Sea Islands were declared a territory of Australia in 1969. They are uninhabited except for a small meteorological staff on the Willis Islets. Automated weather stations, beacons, and a lighthouse occupy many other islands and reefs.
   Geography    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Location:
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Oceania, islands in the Coral Sea, northeast of Australia
Geographic coordinates:
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18 00 S, 152 00 E
Map references:
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Oceania
Area:
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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 780,000 sq km, with the Willis Islets the most important
Area - comparative:
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NA
Land boundaries:
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0 km
Coastline:
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3,095 km
Maritime claims:
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territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Climate:
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tropical
Terrain:
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sand and coral reefs and islands (or cays)
Elevation extremes:
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lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed location on Cato Island 6 m
Natural resources:
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NEGL
Land use:
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arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (mostly grass or scrub cover) (2005)
Irrigated land:
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0 sq km
Natural hazards:
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occasional tropical cyclones
Environment - current issues:
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no permanent fresh water resources
Geography - note:
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important nesting area for birds and turtles
   People    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Population:
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no indigenous inhabitants
note: there is a staff of three to four at the meteorological station (2005 est.)
   Government    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Country name:
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conventional long form: Coral Sea Islands Territory
conventional short form: Coral Sea Islands
Dependency status:
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territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Department of the Environment, Sport, and Territories
Legal system:
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the laws of Australia, where applicable, apply
Executive branch:
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administered from Canberra by the Department of the Environment, Sport, and Territories
Diplomatic representation in the US:
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none (territory of Australia)
Diplomatic representation from the US:
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none (territory of Australia)
Flag description:
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the flag of Australia is used
   Economy    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Economy - overview:
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no economic activity
   Communications    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Communications - note:
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there are automatic weather stations on many of the isles and reefs relaying data to the mainland
   Transportation    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Ports and terminals:
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none; offshore anchorage only
   Military    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Military - note:
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defense is the responsibility of Australia; visited regularly by the Royal Australian Navy; Australia has control over the activities of visitors
   Transnational Issues    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Disputes - international:
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none

This page was last updated on 17 October, 2006


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