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Christmas Island Introduction

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Background: Named in 1643 for the day of its discovery, the island was annexed and settlement was begun by the UK in 1888. Phosphate mining began in the 1890s. The UK transferred sovereignty to Australia in 1958. The phosphate mine, closed in 1987, was reopened four years later, but the need for an alternative industry has spurred investment in tourism. Old mining areas are being restored, and almost two-thirds of the island has been declared a national park.

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Geography of Christmas Island - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Christmas Island

People of Christmas Island - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Christmas Island

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