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    New Caledonia Geography - 2003
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    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Australia


      Geographic coordinates: 21 30 S, 165 30 E


      Map references: Oceania


      Area: total: 19,060 sq km
      water: 485 sq km
      land: 18,575 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than New Jersey


      Land boundaries: 0 km


      Coastline: 2,254 km


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


      Climate: tropical; modified by southeast trade winds; hot, humid


      Terrain: coastal plains with interior mountains


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mont Panie 1,628 m


      Natural resources: nickel, chrome, iron, cobalt, manganese, silver, gold, lead, copper


      Land use: arable land: 0.38%
      permanent crops: 0.33%
      other: 99.29% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: 160 sq km (1991)


      Natural hazards: cyclones, most frequent from November to March


      Environment - current issues: erosion caused by mining exploitation and forest fires


      Geography - note: consists of the main island of New Caledonia (one of the largest in the Pacific Ocean), the archipelago of Iles Loyaute, and numerous small, sparsely populated islands and atolls


      NOTE: The information regarding New Caledonia on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about New Caledonia Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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