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    Seychelles Geography - 2006

      archipelago in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar

      Geographic coordinates:
      4 35 S, 55 40 E

      Map references:

      total: 455 sq km
      land: 455 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      491 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 12 nm
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin

      tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May)

      Mahe Group is granitic, narrow coastal strip, rocky, hilly; others are coral, flat, elevated reefs

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Morne Seychellois 905 m

      Natural resources:
      fish, copra, cinnamon trees

      Land use:
      arable land: 2.17%
      permanent crops: 13.04%
      other: 84.79% (2005)

      Irrigated land:

      Natural hazards:
      lies outside the cyclone belt, so severe storms are rare; short droughts possible

      Environment - current issues:
      water supply depends on catchments to collect rainwater

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note:
      41 granitic and about 75 coralline islands

      NOTE: The information regarding Seychelles 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 Seychelles Geography 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Seychelles Geography 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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