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    French Polynesia Geography - 2002

      Location Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from South America to Australia

      Geographic coordinates 15 00 S, 140 00 W

      Map references Oceania

      total: 4,167 sq km (118 islands and atolls)
      water: 507 sq km
      land: 3,660 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly less than one-third the size of Connecticut

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 2,525 km

      Maritime claims
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM

      Climate tropical, but moderate

      Terrain mixture of rugged high islands and low islands with reefs

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mont Orohena 2,241 m

      Natural resources timber, fish, cobalt, hydropower

      Land use
      arable land: 2%
      permanent crops: 6%
      other: 92% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards occasional cyclonic storms in January

      Environment - current issues NA

      Geography - note includes five archipelagoes; Makatea in French Polynesia is one of the three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean - the others are Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati and Nauru

      NOTE: The information regarding French Polynesia on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of French Polynesia Geography 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about French Polynesia Geography 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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