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  Coral Sea Islands
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   Introduction    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Background:

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:

Oceania, islands in the Coral Sea, northeast of Australia
Geographic coordinates:

18 00 S, 152 00 E
Map references:

Oceania
Area:

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:

NA
Land boundaries:

0 km
Coastline:

3,095 km
Maritime claims:

territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 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%
other: 100% (mostly grass or scrub cover) (2005)
Irrigated land:

0 sq km
Natural hazards:

occasional tropical cyclones
Environment - current issues:

no permanent fresh water resources
Geography - note:

important nesting area for birds and turtles
   People    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Population:

no indigenous inhabitants
note: there is a staff of three to four at the meteorological station on Willis Island (July 2007 est.)
   Government    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Country name:

conventional long form: Coral Sea Islands Territory
conventional short form: Coral Sea Islands
Dependency status:

territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Department of the Transport and Regional Services
Legal system:

the laws of Australia, where applicable, apply
Executive branch:

administered from Canberra by the Department of the Transport and Regional Services
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    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Economy - overview:

no economic activity
   Communications    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Communications - note:

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:

none; offshore anchorage only
   Military    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
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    Coral Sea Islands Top of Page
Disputes - international:

none

This page was last updated on 15 November, 2007


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