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Background:
Scattered over more than three-quarters of a million square kilometers of ocean, the Coral Sea Islands were declared a territory of Australia in 1969. They are uninhabited except for a small meteorological staff on the Willis Islets. Automated weather stations, beacons, and a lighthouse occupy many other islands and reefs.

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Land boundaries:
0 km

Climate:
tropical

Map references:
Australia/Oceania

Geographic coordinates:
18 00 S, 152 00 E

Natural resources:
NEGL

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed location on Cato Island 6 m

Terrain:
sand and coral reefs and islands (or cays)

Geography - note:
important nesting area for birds and turtles

Area:
total: less than 3 sq km
land: less than 3 sq km
water: 0 sq km
note: includes numerous small islands and reefs scattered over a sea area of about 780,000 sq km, with the Willis Islets the most important

Location:
Oceania, islands in the Coral Sea, northeast of Australia

Coastline:
3,095 km

Area - comparative:
NA

Irrigated land:
0 sq km

Environment - current issues:
no permanent fresh water resources

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm

Natural hazards:
occasional tropical cyclones

Land use:
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (mostly grass or scrub cover) (2005)

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Population:
no indigenous inhabitants
note: there is a staff of three to four at the meteorological station on Willis Island (July 2007 est.)

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Diplomatic representation from the US:
none (territory of Australia)

Diplomatic representation in the US:
none (territory of Australia)

Dependency status:
territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Attorney-General's Department

Legal system:
the laws of Australia, where applicable, apply

Flag description:
the flag of Australia is used

Country name (Goverment):
conventional long form: Coral Sea Islands Territory
conventional short form: Coral Sea Islands

Executive branch:
administered from Canberra by the Australian Attorney-General's Department

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Economy - overview:
no economic activity

  Communications Back To Top

Communications - note:
there are automatic weather stations on many of the isles and reefs relaying data to the mainland

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Ports and terminals:
none; offshore anchorage only

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Military - note:
defense is the responsibility of Australia

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Disputes - international:
none

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