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   Introduction    Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Background:
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These uninhabited, barren, sub-Antarctic islands were transferred from the UK to Australia in 1947. Populated by large numbers of seal and bird species, the islands have been designated a nature preserve.

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   Geography    Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Location:
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islands in the Indian Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Madagascar to Antarctica
Geographic coordinates:
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53 06 S, 72 31 E
Map references:
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Antarctic Region
Area:
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total: 412 sq km
land: 412 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative:
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slightly more than two times the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries:
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0 km
Coastline:
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101.9 km
Maritime claims:
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territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Climate:
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antarctic
Terrain:
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Heard Island - 80% ice-covered, bleak and mountainous, dominated by a large massif (Big Ben) and an active volcano (Mawson Peak); McDonald Islands - small and rocky
Elevation extremes:
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lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: Mawson Peak, on Big Ben 2,745 m
Natural resources:
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fish
Land use:
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arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (2001)
Irrigated land:
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0 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards:
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Mawson Peak, an active volcano, is on Heard Island
Environment - current issues:
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NA

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   People    Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Population:
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uninhabited (July 2004 est.)

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   Government    Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Country name:
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conventional long form: Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands
conventional short form: Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Dependency status:
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territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Antarctic Division of the Department of the Environment and Heritage
Legal system:
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the laws of Australia, where applicable, apply
Diplomatic representation in the US:
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none (territory of Australia)
Diplomatic representation from the US:
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none (territory of Australia)
Flag description:
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the flag of Australia is used

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   Economy    Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Economy - overview:
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No indigenous economic activity, but the Australian Government allows limited fishing around the islands.

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   Communications    Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Internet country code:
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.hm

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   Transportation    Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Ports and harbors:
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none; offshore anchorage only

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   Military    Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Military - note:
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defense is the responsibility of Australia; Australia conducts fisheries patrols

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   Transnational Issues    Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Disputes - international:
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none

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