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    Vanuatu Geography 1998
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb1998/vanuatu/vanuatu_geography.html
    SOURCE: 1998 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Australia

      Geographic coordinates 16 00 S, 167 00 E

      Map references Oceania

      Area
      total: 14,760 sq km
      land: 14,760 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      note: includes more than 80 islands

      Area - comparative slightly larger than Connecticut

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 2,528 km

      Maritime claims measured from claimed archipelagic baselines
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate tropical; moderated by southeast trade winds

      Terrain mostly mountains of volcanic origin; narrow coastal plains

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Mount Tabwemasana 1,877 m

      Natural resources manganese, hardwood forests, fish

      Land use
      arable land: 2%
      permanent crops: 10%
      permanent pastures: 2%
      forests and woodland: 75%
      other: 11% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards tropical cyclones or typhoons (January to April); volcanism causes minor earthquakes

      Environment - current issues a majority of the population does not have access to a potable and reliable supply of water; deforestation

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution
      signed, but not ratified: Desertification, Law of the Sea

      NOTE: The information regarding Vanuatu on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Vanuatu Geography 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Vanuatu Geography 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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