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    Marshall Islands Geography - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/marshall_islands/marshall_islands_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location Oceania, group of atolls and reefs in the North Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to Australia

      Geographic coordinates 9 00 N, 168 00 E

      Map references Oceania

      Area
      total: 181.3 sq km
      note: includes the atolls of Bikini, Enewetak, Kwajalein, Majuro, Rongelap, and Utirik
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 181.3 sq km

      Area - comparative about the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 370.4 km

      Maritime claims
      contiguous zone: 24 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM

      Climate wet season from May to November; hot and humid; islands border typhoon belt

      Terrain low coral limestone and sand islands

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: unnamed location on Likiep 10 m

      Natural resources coconut products, marine products, deep seabed minerals

      Land use
      arable land: 17%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 83% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land 0 sq km

      Natural hazards infrequent typhoons

      Environment - current issues inadequate supplies of potable water; pollution of Majuro lagoon from household waste and discharges from fishing vessels

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

      Geography - note two archipelagic island chains of 30 atolls and 1,152 islands; Bikini and Enewetak are former US nuclear test sites; Kwajalein, the famous World War II battleground, is now used as a US missile test range

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

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