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    Samoa Geography 2001

      Location: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand

      Geographic coordinates: 13 35 S, 172 20 W

      Map references: Oceania

      total: 2,860 sq km
      land: 2,850 sq km
      water: 10 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Rhode Island

      Land boundaries: 0 km

      Coastline: 403 km

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

      Climate: tropical; rainy season (October to March), dry season (May to October)

      Terrain: narrow coastal plain with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in interior

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mauga Silisili 1,857 m

      Natural resources: hardwood forests, fish, hydropower

      Land use:
      arable land: 19%
      permanent crops: 24%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 47%
      other: 10%

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      Natural hazards: occasional typhoons; active volcanism

      Environment - current issues: soil erosion

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      NOTE: The information regarding Samoa 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 Samoa Geography 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Samoa Geography 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.

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