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    Heard Island and McDonald Islands Geography - 2004

      islands in the Indian Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Madagascar to Antarctica

      Geographic coordinates:
      53 06 S, 72 31 E

      Map references:
      Antarctic Region

      total: 412 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 412 sq km

      Area - comparative:
      slightly more than two times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries:
      0 km

      101.9 km

      Maritime claims - as described in UNCLOS 1982 (see Notes and Definitions):
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM


      Heard Island - 80% ice-covered, bleak and mountainous, dominated by a large massif (Big Ben) and an active volcano (Mawson Peak); McDonald Islands - small and rocky

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mawson Peak, on Big Ben 2,745 m

      Natural resources:

      Land use:
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 100% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land:
      0 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards:
      Mawson Peak, an active volcano, is on Heard Island

      Environment - current issues:

      NOTE: The information regarding Heard Island and McDonald Islands on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Heard Island and McDonald Islands Geography 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Heard Island and McDonald Islands Geography 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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