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Reunion Geography

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Location: Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar
Geographic coordinates: 21 06 S, 55 36 E
Map references: World
Area: total:  2,512 sq km

land:  2,502 sq km

water:  10 sq km
Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Rhode Island
Land boundaries: 0 km
Coastline: 207 km
Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone:  200 NM

territorial sea:  12 NM
Climate: tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation; cool and dry from May to November, hot and rainy from November to April
Terrain: mostly rugged and mountainous; fertile lowlands along coast
Elevation extremes: lowest point:  Indian Ocean 0 m

highest point:  Piton des Neiges 3,069 m
Natural resources: fish, arable land, hydropower
Land use: arable land:  17%

permanent crops:  2%

permanent pastures:  5%

forests and woodland:  35%

other:  41% (1993 est.)
Irrigated land: 60 sq km (1993 est.)
Natural hazards: periodic, devastating cyclones (December to April); Piton de la Fournaise on the southeastern coast is an active volcano
Environment - current issues: NA


Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook

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