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Juan de Nova Island

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Areatotal: 4.4 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 4.4 sq km
Populationno indigenous inhabitants
note: there is a small French military garrison along with a few meteorologists; occasionally visited by scientists (July 2002 est.)
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Religion

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.


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Juan de Nova Island

Geography

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Map of 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
Juan de Nova Island

People

Population 
no indigenous inhabitants
note: there is a small French military garrison along with a few meteorologists; occasionally visited by scientists (July 2002 est.)
Juan de Nova Island

Government

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 US 
none (possession of France)
Flag description 
the flag of France is used
Juan de Nova Island

Economy

Economy - overview 
Up to 12,000 tons of guano are mined per year.
Juan de Nova Island

Communications

Communications - note 
1 meteorological station
Juan de Nova Island

Transportation

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 (2002)
Juan de Nova Island

Military

Military - note 
defense is the responsibility of France
Juan de Nova Island

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international 
claimed by Madagascar

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