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    American Samoa Geography - 2002

      Location Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand

      Geographic coordinates 14 20 S, 170 00 W

      Map references Oceania

      total: 199 sq km
      note: includes Rose Island and Swains Island
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 199 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly larger than Washington, DC

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 116 km

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

      Climate tropical marine, moderated by southeast trade winds; annual rainfall averages about 3 m; rainy season from November to April, dry season from May to October; little seasonal temperature variation

      Terrain five volcanic islands with rugged peaks and limited coastal plains, two coral atolls (Rose Island, Swains Island)

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Lata 966 m

      Natural resources pumice, pumicite

      Land use
      arable land: 5%
      permanent crops: 10%
      other: 85% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards typhoons common from December to March

      Environment - current issues limited natural fresh water resources; the water division of the government has spent substantial funds in the past few years to improve water catchments and pipelines

      Geography - note Pago Pago has one of the best natural deepwater harbors in the South Pacific Ocean, sheltered by shape from rough seas and protected by peripheral mountains from high winds; strategic location in the South Pacific Ocean

      NOTE: The information regarding American Samoa 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 American Samoa Geography 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about American Samoa Geography 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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