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    French Polynesia Geography 2001

      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)
      land: 3,660 sq km
      water: 507 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: 1%
      permanent crops: 6%
      permanent pastures: 5%
      forests and woodland: 31%
      other: 57% (1993 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 2001 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of French Polynesia Geography 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about French Polynesia Geography 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.

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