Cocos Islands, the official territory of the Cocos Islands (Keeling Islands), also known as Killeen Islands, is an outer area of Australia in the eastern Indian Ocean. The population of the Cocos Islands is 550. The total area is 3.73 km. The production and export of copra is the economic backbone of the region. Cocos Island Cooperatives Ltd. was founded in 1979 to undertake the maintenance and construction of buildings, as well as loading and unloading, inter-island transport, and easier loading and unloading of goods and other services. Although fishing is a good thing and the islanders have gardens, many foods have to be imported and also fuel and consumer goods imported. High unemployment is a persistent problem. Vegetation is mainly composed of coconut trees, which were previously planted in plantations. On North Keeling Island and Fort Hosse, rough grass acts as a ground cover. There are no native mammals, but seabirds abound, and land crabs abound.
Cocos Islands Map
The atolls of the Cocos Islands (Keeling Islands) are classic coral atolls, and the typical horseshoe formation is influenced by prevailing winds and oceans. Coral beaches are by the sea and there are swarms on the lagoon side. Here Charles Darwin developed his theory of coral apo formation. The Northern Atoll includes the North Keeling Island, which forms the Plujlin National Park, and the Sea Area, which is 1.5 km around the island. The park was announced in 1995 and is the smallest and farthest Commonwealth National Park. It is an important example of atolls in nature and supports seabird populations of international importance. It is also home to land crab, sea turtles and various plants and has a complete coral atoll.
Language Spoken in Cocos Islands
The official languages of the Cocos Islands are Cocos Malay, Creole-Malay and English. Since the British settled in the early 19th century, English has become commonplace in the region.