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    Seychelles Geography 1998

      Location Eastern Africa, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar

      Geographic coordinates 4 35 S, 55 40 E

      Map references Africa

      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

      Coastline 491 km

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

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

      Terrain 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%
      permanent crops: 13%
      permanent pastures: NA%
      forests and woodland: 11%
      other: 74% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      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 rain water

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

      Geography - note 40 granitic and about 50 coralline islands

      NOTE: The information regarding Seychelles on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Seychelles Geography 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Seychelles Geography 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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