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    Micronesia, Federated States of Geography - 2002

      Location Oceania, island group in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia

      Geographic coordinates 6 55 N, 158 15 E

      Map references Oceania

      total: 702 sq km
      note: includes Pohnpei (Ponape), Truk (Chuuk) Islands, Yap Islands, and Kosrae
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 702 sq km

      Area - comparative four times the size of Washington, DC

      Land boundaries 0 km

      Coastline 6,112 km

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

      Climate tropical; heavy year-round rainfall, especially in the eastern islands; located on southern edge of the typhoon belt with occasionally severe damage

      Terrain islands vary geologically from high mountainous islands to low, coral atolls; volcanic outcroppings on Pohnpei, Kosrae, and Truk

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Dolohmwar (Totolom) 791 m

      Natural resources forests, marine products, deep-seabed minerals

      Land use
      arable land: 6%
      permanent crops: 46%
      other: 48% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land NA sq km

      Natural hazards typhoons (June to December)

      Environment - current issues overfishing, climate change, pollution

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

      Geography - note four major island groups totaling 607 islands

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

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