Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Geography#

LocationSoutheastern Asia, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Indonesia, about halfway between Australia and Sri Lanka
Geographic Coordinates12 30 S, 96 50 E -12.5,96.833336
Land boundaries0 km
Coastline26 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed location 5 m
Highest Mountains
Terrainflat, low-lying coral atolls
Natural Hazardscyclone season is October to April
Natural Resourcefish
Land Usearable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (2011)
Climatetropical with high humidity, moderated by the southeast trade winds for about nine months of the year
Irrigated LandNA
Renewable Water ResourcesNA
Environment_CurrentIssuesfreshwater resources are limited to rainwater accumulations in natural underground reservoirs
Environment - international agreementsNA
Large Cities
Geography-noteislands are thickly covered with coconut palms and other vegetation; site of a World War I naval battle in November 1914 between the Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney and the German raider SMS Emden; after being heavily damaged in the engagement, the Emden was beached by her captain on North Keeling Island