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Isle of Man:
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Background
Definition
Part of the Norwegian Kingdom of the Hebrides until the 13th century when it was ceded to Scotland, the isle came under the British crown in 1765. Current concerns include reviving the almost extinct Manx Gaelic language. Isle of Man is a British crown dependency but is not part of the UK. However, the UK Government remains constitutionally responsible for its defense and international representation.
Location
Definition
Western Europe, island in the Irish Sea, between Great Britain and Ireland
Geographic coordinates
Definition
54 15 N, 4 30 W
Map references
Definition
Europe
Area
Definition - World rank and map
total: 572 sq km
land: 572 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative
Definition
slightly more than three times the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries
Definition
0 km
Coastline
Definition
160 km
Maritime claims
Definition
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 12 nm
Climate
Definition
temperate; cool summers and mild winters; overcast about one-third of the time
Terrain
Definition
hills in north and south bisected by central valley
Elevation extremes
Definition
lowest point: Irish Sea 0 m
highest point: Snaefell 621 m
Natural resources
Definition
none
Land use
Definition - World rank and map
arable land: 9%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 91% (permanent pastures, forests, mountain, and heathland) (2002)
Irrigated land
Definition
0 sq km
Natural hazards
Definition
NA
Environment - current issues
Definition
waste disposal (both household and industrial); transboundary air pollution
Geography - note
Definition
one small islet, the Calf of Man, lies to the southwest and is a bird sanctuary


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