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Areatotal: 6 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 6 sq km
Populationuninhabited (July 2002 est.)
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This isolated island was named for John CLIPPERTON, a pirate who made it his hideout early in the 18th century. Annexed by France in 1855, it was seized by Mexico in 1897. Arbitration eventually awarded the island to France, which took possession in 1935.


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Clipperton Island

Geography

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Map of Clipperton Island
Location 
Middle America, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, 1,120 km southwest of Mexico
Geographic coordinates 
10 17 N, 109 13 W
Map references 
Political Map of the World
Area 
total: 6 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 6 sq km
Area - comparative 
about 12 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC
Land boundaries 
0 km
Coastline 
11.1 km
Maritime claims 
exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
territorial sea: 12 NM
Climate 
tropical; humid, average temperature 20-32 degrees C, rains May-October
Terrain 
coral atoll
Elevation extremes 
lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Rocher Clipperton 29 m
Natural resources 
fish
Land use 
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (all coral) (1998 est.)
Irrigated land 
0 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards 
NA
Environment - current issues 
NA
Geography - note 
reef 12 km in circumference
Clipperton Island

People

Population 
uninhabited (July 2002 est.)
Clipperton Island

Government

Country name 
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Clipperton Island
local short form: Ile Clipperton
local long form: none
former: sometimes called Ile de la Passion
Dependency status 
possession of France; administered by France from French Polynesia by a high commissioner of the Republic
Legal system 
the laws of France, where applicable, apply
Flag description 
the flag of France is used
Clipperton Island

Economy

Economy - overview 
Although 115 species of fish have been identified in the territorial waters of Clipperton Island, the only economic activity is tuna fishing.
Clipperton Island

Transportation

Waterways 
none
Ports and harbors 
none; offshore anchorage only
Clipperton Island

Military

Military - note 
defense is the responsibility of France
Clipperton Island

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international 
none

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