Phosphate mining had been the only significant economic activity, but in december 1987 the australian government closed the mine. in 1991, the mine was reopened. with the support of the government, a $34 million casino opened in 1993, but closed in 1998. the australian government in 2001 agreed to support the creation of a commercial space-launching site on the island, expected to begin operations in the near future.
Loss of rainforest; impact of phosphate mining
1,402 (july 2007 est.)
Southeastern asia, island in the indian ocean, south of indonesia
Total: 135 sq km land: 135 sq km water: 0 sq km
About three-quarters the size of washington, dc
Conventional long form: territory of christmas island conventional short form: christmas island
Name: the settlement geographic coordinates: 10 25 s, 105 43 e time difference: utc+7 (12 hours ahead of washington, dc during standard time)