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 for Juan de Nova Island
From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  Juan de Nova Island
  
     Introduction Juan de Nova Island
     --------------------------------
                              Background: Named after a famous 15th century
                                          Spanish navigator and explorer, the
                                          island has been a French possession
                                          since 1897. It has been exploited
                                          for its guano and phosphate.
                                          Presently a small military garrison
                                          oversees a meteorological station.
    
     Geography Juan de Nova Island
     -----------------------------
                                Location: Southern Africa, island in the
                                          Mozambique Channel, about one-third
                                          of the way between Madagascar and
                                          Mozambique
                  Geographic coordinates: 17 03 S, 42 45 E
                          Map references: Africa
                                    Area: total: 4.4 sq km
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 4.4 sq km
                      Area - comparative: about seven times the size of The
                                          Mall in Washington, DC
                         Land boundaries: 0 km
                               Coastline: 24.1 km
                         Maritime claims: continental shelf: 200-m depth or to
                                          the depth of exploitation
                                          exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: tropical
                                 Terrain: low and flat
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
                                          highest point: unnamed location 10 m
                       Natural resources: guano deposits and other fertilizers
                                Land use: arable land: 0%
                                          permanent crops: 0%
                                          other: 100% (90% forest) (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1998 est.)
                         Natural hazards: periodic cyclones
            Environment - current issues: NA
                        Geography - note: wildlife sanctuary
    
     People Juan de Nova Island
     --------------------------
                               Population: no indigenous inhabitants
                                           note: there is a small French
                                           military garrison (July 2002 est.)
                   Population growth rate: NA
    
     Government Juan de Nova Island
     ------------------------------
                            Country name: conventional long form: none
                                          conventional short form: Juan de
                                          Nova Island
                                          local short form: Ile Juan de Nova
                                          local long form: none
                       Dependency status: possession of France; administered
                                          by a high commissioner of the
                                          Republic, resident in Reunion
                            Legal system: the laws of France, where
                                          applicable, apply
     Diplomatic representation in the US: none (possession of France)
       Diplomatic representation from the none (possession of France)
                                      US:
                        Flag description: the flag of France is used
    
     Economy Juan de Nova Island
     ---------------------------
                      Economy - overview: Up to 12,000 tons of guano are mined
                                          per year.
    
     Communications Juan de Nova Island
     ----------------------------------
                               Communications - note: 1 meteorological station
    
     Transportation Juan de Nova Island
     ----------------------------------
                                 Railways: total: NA km; short line going to a
                                           jetty
                                Waterways: none
                        Ports and harbors: none; offshore anchorage only
                                 Airports: 1 (2001)
          Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 1
                                           914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2001)
    
     Military Juan de Nova Island
     ----------------------------
                            Military - note: defense is the responsibility of
                                             France
    
     Transnational Issues Juan de Nova Island
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                               Disputes - international: claimed by Madagascar
    
                                         
  
  

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