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In general, information available as of 1 January 2002
was used in the preparation of The World Factbook 2002.


This page was last updated on 1 January 2002


Map of Clipperton Island

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   Introduction    Clipperton Island
Background:
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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.
   Geography    Clipperton Island
Location:
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Middle America, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, 1,120 km southwest of Mexico
Geographic coordinates:
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10 17 N, 109 13 W
Map references:
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Political Map of the World
Area:
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total: 7 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 7 sq km
Area - comparative:
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about 12 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC
Land boundaries:
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0 km
Coastline:
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11.1 km
Maritime claims:
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exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
territorial sea: 12 NM
Climate:
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tropical; humid, average temperature 20-32 degrees C, rains May-October
Terrain:
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coral atoll
Elevation extremes:
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lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Rocher Clipperton 29 m
Natural resources:
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fish
Land use:
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arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (all coral) (1998 est.)
Irrigated land:
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0 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards:
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NA
Environment - current issues:
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NA
Geography - note:
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reef about 8 km in circumference
   People    Clipperton Island
Population:
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uninhabited (July 2002 est.)
Population growth rate:
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NA
   Government    Clipperton Island
Country name:
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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:
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possession of France; administered by France from French Polynesia by a high commissioner of the Republic
Legal system:
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the laws of France, where applicable, apply
Flag description:
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the flag of France is used
   Economy    Clipperton Island
Economy - overview:
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Although 115 species of fish have been identified in the territorial waters of Clipperton Island, the only economic activity is tuna fishing.

   Transportation    Clipperton Island
Waterways:
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none
Ports and harbors:
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none; offshore anchorage only
   Military    Clipperton Island
Military - note:
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defense is the responsibility of France
   Transnational Issues    Clipperton Island
Disputes - international:
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none

This page was last updated on 1 January 2002


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