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Clipperton Island:
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Background
Definition
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.
Location
Definition
Middle America, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, 1,120 km southwest of Mexico
Geographic coordinates
Definition
10 17 N, 109 13 W
Map references
Definition
Political Map of the World
Area
Definition - World rank and map
total: 6 sq km
land: 6 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative
Definition
about 12 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC
Land boundaries
Definition
0 km
Coastline
Definition
11.1 km
Maritime claims
Definition
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Climate
Definition
tropical; humid, average temperature 20-32 degrees C, wet season (May to October)
Terrain
Definition
coral atoll
Elevation extremes
Definition
lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Rocher Clipperton 29 m
Natural resources
Definition
fish
Land use
Definition - World rank and map
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (all coral) (2005)
Irrigated land
Definition
0 sq km
Natural hazards
Definition
NA
Environment - current issues
Definition
NA
Geography - note
Definition
reef 12 km in circumference


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