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    South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Geography - 2006
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    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location:
      Southern South America, islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, east of the tip of South America

      Geographic coordinates:
      54 30 S, 37 00 W

      Map references:
      Antarctic Region

      Area:
      total: 3,903 sq km
      land: 3,903 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      note: includes Shag Rocks, Black Rock, Clerke Rocks, South Georgia Island, Bird Island, and the South Sandwich Islands, which consist of some nine islands

      Area - comparative:
      slightly larger than Rhode Island

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      Coastline:
      NA km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 12 nm
      exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm

      Climate:
      variable, with mostly westerly winds throughout the year interspersed with periods of calm; nearly all precipitation falls as snow

      Terrain:
      most of the islands, rising steeply from the sea, are rugged and mountainous; South Georgia is largely barren and has steep, glacier-covered mountains; the South Sandwich Islands are of volcanic origin with some active volcanoes

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mount Paget (South Georgia) 2,934 m

      Natural resources:
      fish

      Land use:
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 100% (largely covered by permanent ice and snow with some sparse vegetation consisting of grass, moss, and lichen) (2005)

      Irrigated land:
      0 sq km

      Natural hazards:
      the South Sandwich Islands have prevailing weather conditions that generally make them difficult to approach by ship; they are also subject to active volcanism

      Environment - current issues:
      NA

      Geography - note:
      the north coast of South Georgia has several large bays, which provide good anchorage; reindeer, introduced early in the 20th century, live on South Georgia


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

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