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    Samoa Geography 1998

      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

      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, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

      NOTE: The information regarding Samoa 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 Samoa Geography 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Samoa Geography 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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