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First settled by the French in the early 17th century, the islands represent the sole remaining vestige of France's once vast North American possessions.


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Geography

Location
Northern North America, islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, south of Newfoundland (Canada)

Geographic coordinates
46 50 N, 56 20 W

Map references
North America

Area World Ranking: 213
Total 242 sq km
Land 242 sq km
Water 0 sq km
Note
Includes eight small islands in the Saint Pierre and the Miquelon groups

Area - comparative
One and half times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries
0 km

Coastline
120 km

Maritime claims
Territorial sea 12 nm
Exclusive economic zone 200 nm

Climate
Cold and wet, with considerable mist and fog; spring and autumn are often windy

Terrain
Mostly barren rock

Elevation extremes
Lowest point Atlantic Ocean 0 m
Highest point
Morne de la Grande Montagne 240 m

Natural resources
Fish, deepwater ports

Land use
Arable land 12.5%
Permanent crops 0%
Other 87.5% (2005)

Irrigated land
NA

Natural hazards
Persistent fog throughout the year can be a maritime hazard

Environment - current issues
Recent test drilling for oil in waters around Saint Pierre and Miquelon may bring future development that would impact the environment

Geography - note
Vegetation scanty


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  Saint Pierre And Miquelon [ France ] (Overseas Territory):


  GPS points from Saint Pierre And Miquelon [ France ] (Overseas Territory)

Etang Du Gabion Saint Pierre And Miquelon (general)

Etang Goeland Saint Pierre And Miquelon (general)

Rochers De L' Est Saint Pierre And Miquelon (general)

Digue Du Large Saint Pierre And Miquelon (general)

Buttes Degarnies Saint Pierre And Miquelon (general)

Butte De L' Est Saint Pierre And Miquelon (general)

Le Marais Saint Pierre And Miquelon (general)

Pointe Quine Saint Pierre And Miquelon (general)




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